Iranian foreign minister describes attack on US base as proportionate

Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that the attack launched by the Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution against a US military base in Iraq, in retaliation for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, was a 'proportionate measure.'

Soleimani's assassination in a US drone strike on January 3 on the outskirts of Baghdad's international airport was carried out following orders from President Donald Trump.

In the first act of retaliation for the death of the Iranian General, the Iranian Air Force launched dozens of ballistic missiles against the Al-Asad air base in Iraq, with claims of 80 US soldiers killed.

In a comment on social media, Zarif pointed out that based on Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, Iran retaliated for General Soleimani's assassination, perpetrated by US aviation in the Iraqi capital.

'Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,' Zarif tweeted.

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