TRIBUNNEWS.COM, WASHINGTON — The United States emphasized that the United States is working to provide a missile defense system for Iraq amid the onslaught of attacks from Iran.
This was said by US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday (13/3) after the US Consulate office in Erbil was bombarded with Iranian missiles.
Sullivan told CBS that the United States would do whatever it takes to defend its people, interests and allies. He also condemned Iran’s ballistic missile attack on the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, Erbil.
Read also: Repeated Explosions Heard Near the US Consulate Complex in Erbil, Iraq
“We are consulting with the Iraqi government and the government in Iraqi Kurdistan, in part to help them gain missile defense capabilities to be able to defend themselves in their cities,” Sullivan said, as quoted by Reuters.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missiles that hit Erbil in the early hours of Sunday local time.
The missiles reportedly targeted the US consulate as well as other sites. However, Sullivan confirmed that no US citizens were injured in the attack.
“We will support the Government of Iraq in holding Iran to account, and we will support our partners throughout the Middle East in confronting similar threats from Iran,” Sullivan continued.
The deployment of US troops at the Erbil International Airport complex has come under fire from Iran. His presence was met with rocket and drone attacks. However, that kind of attack didn’t happen again for the past few months
Read also: Iranian Missiles Hit US Consulate in Iraq, No Military Casualties
When asked about the deadlocked negotiations on a nuclear agreement with Iran, Sullivan stressed that President Joe Biden remains firmly committed to stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“The only thing more dangerous than an Iran armed with ballistic missiles and advanced military capabilities is an Iran that has all that and nuclear weapons,” Sullivan said.