Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Pompeo warns Iran against 'attacks on United States facilities' after closing Iraq consulate

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Faye Gross | 01 October, 2018, 23:40

State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US embassy in Baghdad will provide consular services for people in and around the Basra area.

Still, Pompeo said the threats against US personnel and facilities in Iraq were "increasing and specific" and added that Washington was working with Iraqi forces and USA allies to address them.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, explaining the move, renewed a warning that his country would hold Iran responsible for any attacks on US diplomatic facilities and citizens.

The US decision comes amid growing tensions with Iran, after President Donald Trump re-instated economic sanctions on Tehran following the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Protests broke out in Basra early this month over alleged corruption and government neglect and later turned into deadly violence in the oil-rich city.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said all but emergency staff would be relocated to Baghdad.

Eyewitnesses in the Abusheir district, north of the city, told CNN that two rockets were fired toward the secure compound at Basra airport, where the US consulate was located, in the early hours of Friday morning.

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"I have made clear that Iran should understand that the United States will respond promptly and appropriately to any such attacks", Pompeo said in a statement.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that Iran censures any attack on diplomats and diplomatic missions anywhere in the world, the Foreign Ministry website reported. The decision, though is focused on the effective closure of the consulate, at least temporarily.

Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China are trying to save the nuclear deal by providing Iran economic relief, adding to tensions between worldwide powers and the United States as it ramps up pressure on Tehran. The rial has lost 40 percent of its value against the United States dollar since April.

When the U.S. first occupied Iraq, Washington called the area outside downtown Baghdad the "red zone", because it was so unsafe to Americans.

Protesters duck as Iraqi security forces fire tear gas during a demonstration against unemployment and a lack of basic services in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Earlier this month, three mortar rounds also hit the fortified Green Zone area in Baghdad, home to the USA embassy, without causing injuries and with the perpetrators unclear.

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