TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday requested Baghdad to “establish the perpetrators” of rocket assaults on the US embassy and different Western targets in Iraq, saying they have been launched to wreck Iran-Iraq relations.
A volley of rockets on Monday focused the high-security Inexperienced Zone within the Iraqi capital, the place the American and different international embassies are based mostly.
The assault was the third in per week to focus on Western diplomatic, army or industrial installations throughout Iraq after 4 months of relative calm.
Iran’s Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mentioned, “We underline the necessity for the Iraqi authorities to establish the perpetrators of those incidents,” Iran’s Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mentioned after talks in Tehran together with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein.
“Latest assaults and incidents… may very well be designed to disrupt Iranian-Iraqi relations and destabilise” Baghdad, Zarif mentioned in a press release.
The assembly comes after Washington retaliated for the assaults by launching in a single day Thursday an air strike on amenities in japanese Syria utilized by Iran-backed militias close to the border with Iraq.
The Pentagon confirmed President Joe Biden had authorised the strikes “in response to latest assaults in opposition to American and coalition personnel in Iraq”.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Friday the administration wished to make it “very, very clear — notably to Iran– that they can’t act with impunity in opposition to our folks, our companions, our pursuits.”
The rocket assaults in Baghdad haven’t been claimed, however Washington mentioned intelligence confirmed hardline pro-Iran factions working underneath the umbrella of Iraq’s state-sponsored Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary drive have been accountable.
Zarif “condemned the damaging motion of the USA in attacking Iraqi forces within the border space” between Iraq and Syria, saying the air strikes have been “unlawful” and in “violation of the sovereignty” of each nations, in keeping with the assertion.
Iraq, scarred by a long time of battle and insurgency, has been a strategic battleground for arch-foes the USA and Iran, each allies of Baghdad who stay sharply at odds over Iran’s nuclear programme.
The US strike was its first army motion concentrating on such teams since Biden took workplace 5 weeks in the past and got here amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme after the president opened the door to resuming negotiations with Tehran towards salvaging a 2015 nuclear deal.