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08 January 2020

U.S Defence Secretary Rejects President Trump Threat To Target Iranian Cultural Sites.

United States Defence Secretary, Mark Esper has contradicted President Donald Trump by saying the country’s military had no plans to bomb Iranian cultural sites amid threats of retaliation from Tehran over the United States assassination of its top military commander, Qassem Soleimani.

Esper told reporters that the United States military would follow the laws of armed conflict.

When pressed if that ruled out targeting cultural sites, Esper said pointedly: that’s the laws of armed conflict.

In comments that sparked an international outcry, Trump first raised the prospect of targeting cultural sites in a tweet on Saturday and reiterated that view to reporters the next day.

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