NATO Chief Silent On Whether The Alliance Would Respond To Iranian Attack On US
- NATO Chief Silent On Whether The Alliance Would Respond To Iranian Attack On US
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Iran’s “severe retaliation” threat has yet to come, but Washington is bracing for impact, also at a moment the US military may be mulling a troop pullout from Iraq amid conflicting reports.
Considering Iranian threats over the past two days have been growing, with Iranian media and state TV airing more and more ominous signs that some kind of attack on US interests is coming in the region, an important question remains of where NATO stands in all of this.
“North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg refused to speculate about whether the alliance would trigger its mutual-defense clause were Iran to strike American targets in response to the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander,” reports Bloomberg on Monday.
The concern, according Stoltenberg, is that any firm or clear stance in relation to the Article 5 collective defense stipulation would “not help to de-escalate”. The NATO chief was pressed on the issue during a press conference in Brussels. He said that rather than help matters, any stance delineating a potential NATO course of action “will actually do the opposite.”
Simultaneous to NATO’s “silence” the Western military alliance has actually suspended its counter-terrorism training efforts inside Iraq as a result of “heightened security risks” in the wake of last week’s US killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
However, Stoltenberg did say at a meeting of ambassadors representing the alliance who were in Brussels to discuss the Soleimani killing,“We have recently seen an escalation by Iran.” He added: “Allies today expressed concern over Iran’s destabilizing activity in the region and for terrorist organisations.”