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    US General Kenneth McKenzie issues warning to Iran

    US warning to Iran: “We are prepared for any eventuality,” said Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Army Central Command.

    A senior U.S. military officer used a visit to Oman to warn Iran to refrain from any provocation, at a time when the new administration of Joe Biden says it wants to resume dialogue with Tehran. “I think this is the time for everyone to show restraint and caution and see how things are going,” General Kenneth McKenzie, who commands US forces in the Middle East, said Sunday during an interview with AFP.

    “However, we are prepared for any eventuality,” he warned.

    “Many things will be defined in the coming months,” added McKenzie, head of the U.S. Army Central Command (Centcom), given that in recent days the Biden administration has given several signals to Tehran to revive the 2015 international agreement, which frames the Iranian nuclear program.

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    The senior official stated that “the Iranians should strive to be recognized as a responsible member of the international community and a stable country in the region” by renouncing their “nefarious” activities.

    The United States accuses Iran of destabilizing the region by financially and militarily supporting armed groups, especially in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

    It also blames the Revolutionary Guards, the Islamic Republic’s elite army, for disrupting maritime traffic through the strategic Strait of Hormuz, where a third of the world’s oil tankers pass through.

    The Strait of Hormuz was at the center of the agenda of the American general’s visit to Oman, officially intended to establish contact with the country’s new chief of military staff, Rear Admiral Abdullah Ben Jamis Al Raissi.

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    On Saturday, he visited Oman’s naval base in Jassab, which controls shipping traffic in the strait from the rugged Musandam peninsula in the north of the country.

    General McKenzie even flew over the strait by helicopter, coming within 45 km of the Iranian island of Qeshm, located on the other side of the strait.

    “It was foggy, I couldn’t see it,” he said with a smile.

    The visit took place without incident but was done with absolute discretion, and the officer did not rule out that Iran will again try to avenge the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, in charge of the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations, perpetrated in Baghdad in January 2020 by the U.S. military.

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    “There is a risk that they might be tempted” to attack U.S. bases in the region, he acknowledged. “But we constantly evaluate measures to protect our forces,” he added.

    Could he himself be the target of an attack? “I’m an old Marine general. I have faced risks on many occasions and in many places. I am convinced that we have good protective measures in place,” he said.

    A Twitter account linked to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month made a call to avenge Soleimani’s assassination, which appeared to target its promoter, former U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Several attacks in recent months attributed to pro-Iranian groups have targeted military bases in Iraq used by the U.S. military.

    SourceAFP
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