UPDATED 1:47 PM PT – Thursday, June 20, 2019
The tensions between the United States and Iran continue to burst after the news, an American surveillance drone was shot down by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz. It marks the first time Iran's military has directly attacked US military forces.
Iran said the drone violated its territorial airspace, which is a claim that the US military has strongly denied. Instead, the United States said the incident was an "untested attack in the international sky."
In a tweet shortly after the missile strike, President Trump said that Iran has made a "big mistake" but did not state what retaliation could
Iran made a very big mistake!
̵1; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the situation in the Middle East could hardly be more crowded, describing missile attacks in Saudi Arabia by Iranian-backed Houthi – rebels in Yemen He said that the Senate could not choose a worse time for "uncontrolled decisions that would harm key issues in the Middle East."
"Let's not get away from our partners, let's not sign the administration on a time of such delicate diplomacy and tensions with Iran, "he said." So I would ask my colleagues to vote down these resolutions. "
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the slider a "dangerous situation" and urged colleagues not to be ruthless. 19659003] "I think it's a dangerous situation. "voltage lines are open in the region … we must be strong and strategic about how we protect our interests, nor can we be ruthless in what we do," she said. "I don't think the president wants to go to war , there is no appetite to go to war in our country. "
Internationally, Russian President Vladimir Putin said an American attack in the region would be "catastrophic" and the violence might lead to an increase of refugees from the region "
" But I think for those who would make such attempts, it would also lead to sad consequences, "said the Russian leader." It is difficult to predict what might follow the use of military force. "
The Chinese Foreign Ministry defended Iran by saying that the Islamic Republic has fulfilled its nuclear weapons obligations and has asked all parties to respect Iran's "reasonable demands".
"We have called on all parties involved to keep the level and exercise restraint and avoid taking action that could lead to further escalation of the situation," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Lu Kang. "We have particularly pointed out that the countries concerned should change the practice of exerting maximum pressure on Iran."
According to recent reports, Tehran claimed that it would exceed the limits of uranium enrichment agreed under Iran's Nuclear Deal in response to a recent Pentagon plan to distribute another 1,000 troops to the region.