In a statement that potentially underscores Washington’s intent to strike back following Iran’s retaliation on U.S. bases in Iraq, U.S. President Donald Trump said, he would respect international law and avoid targeting cultural sites in military attacks.
On Saturday, Trump had said the United States has 52 Iranian targets, including ones that are very important to Iranian culture, and that he would strike if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets in response to the U.S. killing of its military commander, Qassem Soleimani.
A U.S. attack on Iran’s cultural sites would break international conventions and treaties.
“You know what, if that’s what the law is, I like to obey the law. But think of it: They kill our people, they blow up our people and then we have to be very gentle with their cultural institutions. But I’m OK with it. It’s OK me,” said Trump. “I will say this: if Iran does anything that they shouldn’t be doing, they’re going to be suffering the consequences and very strongly”.