During a round of interviews at various television stations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran and its military leaders would be attacked again if US interests were attacked.
Pompeo said the United States would hit Iran, even if retaliation came from its allies, such as Syria, Yemen, Lebanon or others.
"The costs will be charged to Iran and its leadership… These are data that Iranian leaders must take into account," said the head of US diplomacy.
Mike Pompeo says that in this scenario, any US military attack on Iranian territory will be legally covered.
"We will behave within the system… We have always done it and we will always do it," said the Secretary of State, circumventing questions posed by journalists about the message sent on Twitter by President Donald Trump, who threatened to attack. Iranian culture, "if US interests are targeted.
General Qassem Soleimani died Friday in an air raid on Baghdad International Airport that the Pentagon said was ordered by the President of the United States.
The same attack also killed the 'number two' of the coalition of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, known as the Popular Mobilization (Hachd al-Chaabi), and six other people.
The attack came three days after an unprecedented two-day assault on the US embassy that only ended when Trump announced the deployment of another 750 troops to the Middle East.
The attack has already sparked a number of reactions, with four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China – alerted to the inevitable escalation of tensions in the region and urging the parties to reduce the tension. The fifth permanent member of the UN Security Council is the United States.
In Iran, the feeling is revenge, with the President and the Revolutionary Guards ensuring that the country and "other free nations in the region" will take revenge on the United States.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also vowed to avenge the general's death and declared three days of national mourning, while the head of diplomacy called the death "an act of international terrorism".
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