Iran Claims That It is Not Trying To Confront the United States
On March 29, 2023, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran is not interested in escalating tensions or getting into a confrontation with the United States. The Iranian top diplomat made these comments after discussion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“We do not want tensions either, and we are seeking no confrontation,” the Iranian foreign minister stated, when he was asked about recent tensions between Iran and the US.
The Iranian diplomat described US allegations about recent attacks by “groups close to Iran” on a US military base and drone attacks on it with the use of Iranian drones as baseless. Abdollahian declared that the US “always makes baseless, ungrounded allegations and blames others” before putting forward documents to substantiate its accusations.
“The Islamic Republic [of Iran] has always played a positive and constructive role in sustainable peace and security in the region,” the Iranian foreign minister remarked as he highlighted how Iran’s response to the US side was “resolute and candid.”
Towards the end of March, the Defense Department said that an allegedly Iranian drone attacked a base of the US-led international anti-terror coalition in northeastern Syria. The strikes resulted in the death of one US troop and the injury of five other individuals.
On March 24, pro-Iranian proxy fighters launched at least nine rockets on a US military base close to the Conoco gas field in Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor governorate, per a report by Al Hadath TV channel.
Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the US has pursued a hostile foreign policy toward Iran that has consisted of launching color revolutions, imposing sanctions, and engaging in proxy wars against it. Despite all of these hostile measures used against it, Iran’s Islamist government has stood strong. At this point, the US will need to rethink it’s grand strategy against Iran because it’s become abundantly clear that it has not worked in toppling this government.