Following the deaths of three US soldiers in Jordan, the US launched airstrikes against numerous targets associated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard and its allies on Friday. On Monday, Russia charged that President Joe Biden had not carried out operations in Iraq and Syria in reprisal for a horrific attack on American soldiers, but rather to enhance his reputation as the presidential campaign "heats up."
Following three U.S. soldiers' deaths in Jordan in an incident Washington attributes to Iranian-backed militias, the United States launched airstrikes against many targets connected to Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and other organizations on Friday.
During a Security Council discussion on the strikes that Moscow had requested, Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stated that there was no rationale for the American action.
"We see in these 'flex their muscles' attempts, first of all, a desire to influence domestic political landscape in America, a desire to somehow correct the disastrous image of the current American administration on the international arena as the presidential election campaign is heating up," he stated.
In order to choose a president for the next four years, American voters will head to the polls in November. on Nebenzia's comments on Biden, the White House did not immediately react to a request for comment.
The U.S. strikes in Syria and Iraq were justified by Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood using article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which protects states' individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack.
"To be clear, while we are actively trying to limit and de-escalate the situation in Gaza, the United States does not want more conflict in the area. Moreover, a direct confrontation with Iran is not what we want. However, we will not stop protecting our staff from despicable assaults. In a word, Wood said.
In response to the Houthi organization's targeting of vessels in the Red Sea, he said that the U.S. and British operations against the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen were a "separate and distinct" operation from the ones carried out in Syria and Iraq.
According to the Pentagon, there have been no deaths in Iran as a result of the latest strikes as of Monday. Amir Saeid Iravani, Iran's ambassador to the UN, denounced the American action as "illegitimate, illegal, and unjustified."
"Every resistance group in the region is autonomous," he declared on Monday to the U.N. Security Council, which consists of fifteen members.
Any attempt to link these acts to the Iranian military or the country is unjustified, deceptive, and undesirable. Iran never tries to influence regional developments.