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US says it won’t be part of Israel’s retaliatory action against Iran



…works with other Arab countries to prevent full conflict

President Joe Biden has warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. will not be part of a counter-offensive against Iran.

He made this known because retaliation is an option Netanyahu’s war cabinet favors after a mass drone and missile attack on Israeli territory, according to officials.

The threat of open warfare erupting between the arch Middle East foes and dragging in the United States put the region on edge, triggering calls for restraint from global powers and Arab nations to avoid further escalation. 

“The Middle East is on the brink. The people of the region are confronting the real danger of a devastating full-scale conflict. Now is the time to defuse and de-escalate,” United Nations(UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, told a Security Council meeting called on Sunday in response to the strikes.

Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood called on the council to unequivocally condemn Iran’s attack, as he said Washington would explore additional, unspecified measures at the United Nations to hold Iran accountable and warned against further aggression.

“Let me be clear: if Iran or its proxies take actions against the United States or further action against Israel, Iran will be held responsible,” he said.

As Washington stressed its desire to not escalate the situation, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke to counterparts including in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan, stressing the need to avoid escalation, the importance of a coordinated diplomatic response, and emphasizing that the United States will continue to support Israel’s defense.

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