After the state of Iran took down a U.S. drone near the Persian Gulf, reactions from U.S. officials came one after another.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was talking with reporters on a Thursday briefing saying that a military response is where we are headed if nothing changes. Graham added that he told President Donald Trump to tell Iran “all bets are off’’ if uranium enrichment continues.
“You need to tell the Iranians that if they increase their enrichment program for uranium that would be a provocative act towards United States and Israel and all bets are off,’’ said Graham.
CNN Politics tweeted:
“GOP Sen. Lidnsey Graham says he spoke with President Trump this morning on Iran: ‘’’You need to tell the Iranians that if they increase their enrichment program for uranium that would be a provocative act towards United States and Israel and all bets are off.’’
The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) said that an Iranian surface-to-air missile system shot down the drone in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in an unprovoked attack.
Graham also warned Iran about the enrichment:
“It is imperative the United States clearly inform the Iranians that any effort to increase uranium enrichment will be seen as a hostile act against the United States and our allies on Israel, and will not go unanswered. When it comes to a military response – if necessary – it should be focused on Iranian naval capabilities and the oil refineries which are the economic lifeblood of this murderous regime.’’
According to The Hill, Tehran responded by announcing it would surpass the limit for its uranium enrichment that was agreed to in the Obama-era nuclear deal. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal last year, but Iran has continued to keep within the agreement’s bounds until now.