Iran will respond to any threat from the United States, Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards’ chief Hossein Salami said on Wednesday, as Washington prepares its response to the killing of American servicemen by presumed Tehran-aligned militants.
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he had already decided how to respond to a drone attack that killed three U.S. service members in Jordan on Saturday, but gave no further details about his plan.
Washington has blamed the attack, the first to kill U.S. troops in the Middle East since an escalation in regional violence accompanying the war between Israel and Hamas, on Ketaib Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian militia based in Iraq. The group said on Tuesday it was suspending military actions against the United States to avoid embarrassing the Baghdad government.
“We hear threats coming from American officials, we tell them that they have already tested us and we now know one another, no threat will be left unanswered,” Iran’s Salami said, according to semi-official Tasnim news agency.
State media quoted Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, as telling a cabinet meeting: “The U.S. has to stop its threats and focus on a political solution.”
Washington “has to accept the resistance as a fact”, he said, referring to Iran’s name for its alliance of armed groups across the Middle East.
U.S. forces based in Syria, Iraq and at sea have been engaged in tit-for-tat strikes with pro-Iranian armed groups since Israel launched its retaliatory war against Hamas after the Palestinian group attacked Israel on Oct. 7.