Washington, United States / 31.12.2019 16:04:47
US President Donald Trump warned that Iran will pay a "high price" after the assault on the US embassy in Baghdad by pro-Iranian protesters, while thanking Iraq for its "quick response" to protect the diplomatic headquarters .RELATED
"Iran will be fully responsible for lost lives or damage to any of our facilities," Trump said on Twitter. "They will pay a heavy price! This is not a warning, it is a threat," he said, after which he added: "Happy New Year!".
…. Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
Wrathful pro-Iranian protesters entered the first security circle of the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday before being expelled by law enforcement with tear gas.
In a previous tweet, Trump thanked the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdel Mahdi, and President Barham Saleh for "his quick response" to the embassy attack.
Trump spoke with Abdel Mahdi by phone, emphasizing the need to protect Americans and their facilities in Iraq, the White House said.
It was the first time in years that protesters were able to reach the US embassy, which is protected behind a series of checkpoints in the high security zone of the Iraqi capital.
Trump blamed Iran for the assault, but Tehran responded by criticizing Washington for the "surprising audacity" of blaming Iran for the violence.
The assault came two days after US bombings killed at least 25 fighters of the Hezbollah Brigades, an Iraqi Shiite armed group member of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a paramilitary coalition dominated by pro-Iran factions integrated into the Iraqi army .
The Pentagon said the bombings were in retaliation for a rocket attack by this group on Friday against a military base in Kirkuk, which killed a US contractor and left two soldiers wounded.