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US desires peace with Iran but ready to protect itself, says Reuters.

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The United States Warns Iran Against Attacks on U.S. Personnel

The United States has made it clear to the United Nations that it does not want conflict with Iran. However, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that if Iran or its proxies attack U.S. personnel anywhere, the U.S. will respond swiftly and decisively to defend its people and security.

Concerns of Escalation as Gaza Conflict Continues

Amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran-backed Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, there are growing fears that the situation could escalate into a larger war. This could potentially involve Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a heavily armed group supported by Tehran.

In an address to the U.N. Security Council, Blinken emphasized that the U.S. does not want the war to widen. However, he made it clear that any attacks on U.S. personnel by Iran or its proxies would not be tolerated.

The U.S. military is taking additional measures to protect its troops in the Middle East as concerns about attacks by Iran-backed groups increase. Warships and fighter aircraft have also been deployed to the region as a deterrent.

Iran’s response to Blinken’s remarks remains unknown as its mission to the United Nations has not provided comment. Iran is scheduled to address the Security Council meeting on the Middle East later today.

Call for Restraint and Unity

Blinken urged all member states to send a firm and united message to any state or non-state actor that might consider opening another front in the conflict against Israel or target its partners, including the United States. He emphasized the need to avoid escalating the situation further.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, alongside his Arab counterparts, expressed concern about the real danger of the conflict spreading. They emphasized their commitment to preventing further escalation in the West Bank, Lebanon, and other fronts.

U.N. Plea for Protection of Civilians in Gaza

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pleaded for the protection of civilians in the ongoing war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants. He expressed concern about clear violations of international humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza health ministry reported that more than 700 Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes within a 24-hour period. Guterres emphasized that it is crucial to recognize that war has rules, starting with the fundamental principle of respecting and protecting civilians.

Guterres acknowledged the grievances of the Palestinian people due to years of occupation. However, he condemned the appalling attacks by Hamas, stating that they cannot justify collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

Strong Reactions to U.N. Secretary-General’s Speech

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan described Guterres’ speech as shocking. He called for Guterres’ immediate resignation, while Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen announced that he would no longer meet with Guterres as planned.

Cohen expressed his strong stance against Hamas and called for its eradication. He stated that there is no room for a balanced approach after recent attacks.