PV International Desk : The consequences of the US’ assassination of a top Iranian general rippled across the Middle East and beyond on Sunday, with Iran all but abandoning a landmark nuclear agreement and Iraqi lawmakers voting to expel US forces from their country.
Steeling for retaliation from Iran, a US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria suspended the campaign it has waged against the Islamic State for years as hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the street to mourn the assassinated general, Qassem Soleimani.
“Iran’s nuclear program will have no limitations in production, including enrichment capacity,” the Iranian government said in an announcement that seemed to signal the de facto collapse of the 2015 agreement.
Warning Iran not to attack, President Donald Trump said the United States had pinpointed 52 targets in Iran — including cultural sites. The sites, he said, represented the 52 American hostages held at the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Amid outrage in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif declared that “targeting cultural sites is a war crime” and predicted that the “end of US malign presence in West Asia has begun.”