Esper: US has restored ‘level of deterrence’ on Iran

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, late Wednesday, the United States has reestablished some deterrence toward Iran, after the assassination of general Qassem Soleimani by a US air raid in Baghdad last week.”I believe that we’ve restored a level of d…

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, late Wednesday, the United States has reestablished some deterrence toward Iran, after the assassination of general Qassem Soleimani by a US air raid in Baghdad last week.

"I believe that we've restored a level of deterrence with them," he stated, adding "the US forces will have to respond firmly to ensure that this level of deterrence is maintained".

US Vice President Mike Pence told CBS News that 'intelligence' indicated Iran had asked its allied militias not to attack American targets.

"We're receiving some encouraging intelligence that Iran is sending messages to those very same militias not to move against American targets or civilians, and we hope that that message continues to echo," he added.

On the other hand, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed 'critical bilateral and regional issues' in a call on Wednesday, the White House said in a statement, without giving further details.

Source: Jordan News Agency