Mideast situation worsens

Funeral processions for martyred Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, January 9, 2020
Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for martyred Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. (AFP photo) - Caption by PressTV

By Pyongyang Times

The Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps launched missiles at two US military bases in Iraq at dawn on Jan 8.

The missile attack came as the first counterblow of Iran since the US air raid which killed eight people including the commander of the al-Quds corps of the Iranian army and a high-ranking officer of the Iraqi paramilitary forces in the vicinity of an airfield in Baghdad on Jan 3.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a statement said that the murder of the Iranian commander will give renewed impetus to the sacred war of resistance against the US. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also warned that the US will pay dearly for its crime.

On Jan 5, the Iranian government announced that it entered Stage 5, the final step, of halting the performance of its duty to the nuclear deal or JCPOA and would not adhere to the vital restriction of the deal.

The Iranian foreign minister said the country does not pursue escalated tension or war, but would defend itself from any form of aggression.

In the wake of Iran’s missile strike, the US applied new sanctions against Iran.

(Pyongyang Times - January 13, 2020)

Now there's a slap in the face last night, this is another issue, what's important in the confrontation - this military action does not adequately address that - is that there should be a corrupt US presence in the region. It's over. # Vengeance - Google AI translation

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