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US warns Iran against retaliatory actions after Syria embassy attack

Following the attack on Iran’s embassy compound in Syria, the United States urged Iran against retaliation. The US informed the United Nations Security Council that it had no prior knowledge of the strike, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, a close ally of Washington.

“We will not hesitate to defend our personnel and repeat our prior warnings to Iran and its proxies not to take advantage of the situation – again, an attack in which we had no involvement or advanced knowledge – to resume their attacks on U.S. personnel,” said deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood.

Attacks by Iran-backed proxies against US troops based in Iraq and Syria stopped in February after Washington retaliated for the killing of three U.S. troops in Jordan with dozens of airstrikes on targets in Syria and Iraq linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and militias that it supports.

Iran told the 15-member Security Council that it reserves the right “to take a decisive response” to the attack, accusing Israel of violating the founding U.N. Charter, international law, and the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises.
“The United States is responsible for all crimes committed by the Israeli regime,” said Iran’s deputy U.N. Ambassador Zahra Ershadi, accusing the U.S. of trying to destabilize Syria and the region and calling it out for supporting Israel in its war with Palestinian militants Hamas.

US Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier on Tuesday condemned the attack in Damascus, calling on “all concerned to exercise utmost restraint and avoid further escalation,” US spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“He cautions that any miscalculation could lead to broader conflict in an already volatile region, with devastating consequences for civilians who are already seeing unprecedented suffering in Syria, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and the broader Middle East,” said Dujarric.

(With Reuters inputs)

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