US Says to Help Iraq Improve its Defense System after Iran’s Missile Attack

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has strongly condemned Iran’s ballistic missile attacks on Iraq, and said that Washington was working to help Iraq get missile defense capabilities as well as with “partners in the Middle East” to confront similar threats from Iran.

Sullivan said no US citizens were harmed and no US facilities were hit during Iran’s assault on Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region.

“We will do whatever it takes to defend our people, interests and allies,” Sullivan told CBS.

Iran on Sunday launched up to 12 missiles to attack secret Israeli military installations in Erbil as retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard.   

However, Erbil governor, Omid Khoshnaw said that such claims were “baseless allegations,” stressing that there are no Israeli sites in the region.

“We will support the government of Iraq in holding Iran accountable, and we will support our partners throughout the Middle East in confronting similar threats from Iran,” Sullivan added.

Commenting on the impact of the attack on Iran’s nuclear talk Sullivan said that various negotiators have returned back to their respective countries. “We will have to see what happens in the days ahead with respect to the diplomacy around the nuclear deal,”Sullivan said, adding that President Joe Biden remained strongly committed to stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“One thing I will say is that the only thing more dangerous than Iran armed with ballistic missiles and advanced military capabilities is an Iran that has all of those things and a nuclear weapon,” Sullivan added.

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