All of the NATO countries agreed that Iran should never obtain nuclear weapons or missiles that can reach Europe. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press briefing on the outcome of the emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the ambassadorial level on Monday, 6 January.
He also said that all the participants of the meeting expressed concern “due to the destabilizing activities of Iran in the middle East”. In this regard, Stoltenberg recalled the attacks on Saudi energy facility as well as a downed American drone.
“participants of the meeting made a call to contain and de-escalate as another conflict does not benefit anyone, so Iran should refrain from further violence and provocations”, — quotes the words of NATO Secretary General “Interfax”.
Mr Stoltenberg said that the United States adopted the decision on liquidation of the commander of the Iranian special forces “Quds” Qassem Soleimani on their own, without the participation of the coalition against terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) and NATO. According to him, the American side provided the allies of clarification that could be provided only at the meeting on Monday. However, no details of he had not.
as for the NATO mission in Iraq, the Secretary General said that allies have supported it, but decided to stop for the safety of their people. According to him, NATO is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and continues to work closely with the Iraqi authorities. In addition, all NATO countries expressed their full support for the fight against ISIS (banned in Russia) in Iraq and Syria.
Discussion on these issues will continue at the planned meeting of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Alliance at the level of chiefs of General staff on January 14, TASS.
Earlier on Monday the U.S. President Donald trump wrote in his Twitter that Iran will never be nuclear weapons.