U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan solutions questions through the each day briefing on the White House on November 13, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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National security adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday stated that the United States will conduct additional army motion against Iran-backed teams, heightening tensions within the Middle East regardless of Sullivan insisting that the U.S. isn’t in search of a wider battle within the area.
“The president has been very clear from the start, which is that when American forces are attacked, we are going to reply, and we have responded a number of instances over the course of the previous few months,” Sullivan stated throughout an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” including that the latest strikes from the U.S. have been “not the top” of the president’s ongoing army response. “We intend to take further strikes and extra motion to proceed to ship a transparent message that the United States will reply when our forces are attacked or our individuals are killed.”
Whether or not the U.S. will conduct strikes inside Iran stays unclear.
“I’m not going to get into what we have dominated in and dominated out from the perspective of army motion,” Sullivan stated in response to moderator Kristen Welker’s query about whether or not or not the U.S. has dominated out strikes inside Iran.
“What I’ll say is that the president is set to reply forcefully to assaults on our folks. The president additionally isn’t in search of a wider battle within the Middle East,” he added.
On Friday, the U.S. carried out retaliatory strikes in Iraq and Syria against greater than 85 targets linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Iran-backed militants it backs. The strikes have been in response to a Jan. 28 drone strike on an American base in northeastern Jordan that killed three U.S. troops and injured dozens of others. The base, often called Tower 22, lies near the demilitarized zone on the border between Jordan and Syria, and can also be shut to the Iraqi border.
A day after these strikes, the U.S. and Britain led attacks against 36 Houthi targets in Yemen, in a second effort to additional destabilize Iran-backed teams. The Houthis, which have shut ties to Iran, have been firing at industrial ships and warships within the Red Sea, saying their actions are in solidarity with Palestinians amid the Israel-Hamas battle. These are “distinct however associated challenges,” Sullivan stated concerning the spreading battle within the area, which he maintained the Biden administration is attempting to forestall.
Iran has denied involvement within the Jordan drone strike, emphasizing that militants are appearing independently. Iran’s overseas ministry on Saturday condemned the in a single day U.S. assaults in Iraq and Syria.
When requested how fearful he’s that Iranian-backed forces might once more retaliate against U.S. forces, Sullivan responded: “That’s all the time a threat…if we see extra assaults, you may see extra responses.”
Sullivan additionally appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning.