The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond
The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local):Iran is informing the United Nations that it took "a measured and proportionate military response" to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military commander and "does not seek escalation or war."To get more latest news on iran and us tensions, you can visit shine news official website.
But Iran's U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi warned that Tehran would "vigorously" respond to "any further military adventurism against it" and "any aggression."Ravanchi said in a letter late Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council and to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that in the early morning hours of Jan. 8, Iran "targeted an American air base in Iraq from which the cowardly armed attack against martyr (Qassem) Soleimani was launched."
He said Iran was exercising its right to self-defense under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter."The operation was precise and targeted military objectives thus leaving no collateral damage to civilians assets in the area," Ravanchi said.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he believes Iran's missile strikes on two Iraqi bases were intended to kill Americans.Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters that 11 ballistic missiles that landed at al-Asad air base in western Iraq inflicted moderate damage, such as destroying or damaging tents and a helicopter, but no Americans were killed or injured.
"I believe based on what I saw and what I know is that they were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft and to kill personnel," Milley said.
Milley said the fact that no one was killed was due to the defensive procedures and the effectiveness of U.S. early warning system.A handful of major shippers operating in the Persian Gulf are curtailing operations there.
Several oil tankers operated by major players have diverted away from the Persian Gulf or delayed loading by several days. That's according to Reid I'Anson, global energy economist at Kpler, a data intelligence company.
I'Anson said a tanker chartered by Brazilian oil giant Petrobras was supposed to load up with oil in Basra on Jan. 5, but instead it left the Persian Gulf empty. He said another tanker operated by a major oil shipper has been idling in the Arabian Sea for about a week.
I'Anson says the disruptions are minor right now. But he said "that's a lot of money to be out in the sea with no oil going nowhere."
In 2018, some 21 million barrels per day passed through the Strait, a narrow waterway which connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. One-fifth of the oil consumed by the world passes through the narrow waterway, which Iranian officials threatened to close in April in response to U.S. sanctions.