“Say no to war” – AMLO asks U.S.- Iran

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he would like to see a conflict between the United States and Iran resolved peacefully via dialogue, and asked those involved to say “no to war.”

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on his morning conference that he would like to see a conflict between the United States and Iran resolved peacefully via dialogue, and asked those involved to say “no to war.”

As reported, Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases where US troops are housed. No casualties have been reported, but the attack has made Iran’s message clear: It will not be beaten in this dangerous conflict with the US.

After the attacks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Iran did not “seek escalation or war” and claimed the attacks were a proportional response to a series of US actions beginning with an airstrike last week that killed a top Iranian general. 

Donald Trump tweeted on the ballistic missile attacks, saying last night, “All is well!” However, precautions are being taken to avoid further disaster: Major airlines are diverting flights away from Iranian airspace, and the US Embassy in Jordan has asked personnel to stay home and maintain a low profile.

The rockets pose a direct challenge to Trump, who threatened Iran on Tuesday, just hours before the attacks began. “If Iran does anything that it shouldn’t be doing, they will be suffering the consequences and very strongly,”  Trump said.

In the immediate aftermath of Soleimani’s killing, Trump repeatedly stressed that the deadly drone strike was meant to reduce violence and later warned of a “disproportionate” response to any Iranian move that could include targeting Iran’s cultural sites, a war crime.

Iran’s decision to attack is a great gamble since Trump ran on a platform of ending US involvement in the Middle East.

One thing is a fact… Mr. Obrador may have good intentions, but those will not be enough since Iran´s retaliation is a direct challenge to Trump.

 

The Yucatan Times
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