TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic will not seek war with the US but will defend itself against any aggression.

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“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” Zarif tweeted early on Wednesday.

The tweet came Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday targeted the US airbases in Iraq, including Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province in western Iraq to retaliate the top commander’s assassination.

“We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act or more moves and aggressions (against Iran) will bring about more painful and crushing responses,” the IRGC said in a statement on Wednesday, after its forces targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province, western Iraq, and then launched a second wave of attacks.

“We are warning all US allies who gave their bases to its terrorist army that any territory that in any way becomes the starting point of hostile and aggressive acts against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be targeted,” the statement added.

The attack was later confirmed by US officials, including President Donald Trump.

The attack on the US major airbase in Iraq came after Iran pledged to retaliate the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander, Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

General Soleimani, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi (PMU), and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.

The White House and the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.