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EXPLAINER: Pertinent questions answered on Iran, US boiling tensions

7th jan 2 graph EXPLAINER: Pertinent questions answered on Iran, US boiling tensions
Bennie Garza | 09 January, 2020, 14:43

In the early hours of Wednesday, the IRGC targeted two United States airbases in Iraq, including the USA airbase of Ain al-Assad, in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander, General Soleimani.

Adding to the chaos, a Ukrainian plane with at least 170 people crashed after take-off just outside Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing all on board, state TV reported.

Zarif's remarks came after Foreign Policy, citing three anonymous diplomatic sources, reported Monday that the Trump administration had chose to bar the foreign minister from entering the US, "violating the terms of a 1947 headquarters agreement requiring Washington to permit foreign officials into the country to conduct United Nations business".

Top Senate Democrats are citing "deep concern" about the lack of information coming from the Trump administration about the Iran operation.

Analysts said market tension could ease as long as oil production facilities remain unaffected.

Late Tuesday, Trump tweeted "All is well!" in response to the missile strikes.

"Given this extent of public hatred against America in the region, the U.S. is spending its last days in the region, and they certainly have no future in the region", he said.

Zarif said he wanted to speak at the Security Council meeting Thursday about the US' killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani last week in a drone strike. He added that casualty and damage assessments were ongoing but said, "So far, so good!" Seventeen missiles hit Ain al-Asad air base, including two that did not explode in the Hitan area west of the town of Hit.

State media also showed footage of what it said were the missiles being fired into the night sky.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. declined his request for a visa so he could travel to NY and attend a United Nations Security Council meeting this week.

Zarif on Tuesday said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the United Nations secretary-general that "they didn't have time to review my request".

US embassies and consulates from Asia to Africa and Europe have issued security alerts for Americans, and commercial airlines have rerouted flights crossing the Middle East to avoid possible danger amid the escalating tensions.

Australian carrier Qantas says it's altering its London to Perth, Australia, routes to avoid Iran and Iraq airspace until further notice.

He also said that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek an escalation of the war which he said was started by the US. The administration maintained that the USA faced an imminent threat.

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport and mechanical issues were suspected, the report said. A stampede at his funeral Tuesday killed 56 people and injured 213 others.

Zarif last traveled to NY in September for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations - after the United States sanctioned him for implementing "the reckless agenda of Iran's Supreme Leader".

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