The United States’ defense secretary has rejected the statement of American President Donald Trump by saying the country’s military had no plans to bomb Iranian cultural sites.
According to details, Mark Esper said on Monday while speaking to reporters that the US military will “follow the laws of armed conflict”, amid threats of retaliation from Tehran over the US assassination of its top military commander, Qassem Soleimani.
US president Donald Trump threatened to attack cultural sites of Iran in a tweet on Saturday and said “Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters.”
Trump further stated “He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets”
He said “We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”
The US President Donald Trump is being criticized over his threats to attack the cultural sites of Iran.
The UK’s foreign secretary and the UN’s cultural organization were among those to indicate that such sites were secured.
Given that the US and Iran have signed agreements not to destroy cultural heritage even during conflicts. It is considered a war crime under international law to attack these places.
On the contrary, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured that the decision will be taken as per international law.