Tehran’s mission to the UN has rejected as a mere “propaganda war” America’s decision to pull its diplomats out of Iraq amid claims of heightened “threats” from Iran, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic poses threat to no one — neither in Iraq nor elsewhere in the world.
In a travel advisory issued early on Wednesday, the US State Department ordered “non-emergency US government employees” in Iraq to leave its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The advisory did not mention Iran, but senior State Department officials said the move was because of an “imminent threat” from Iranian “proxies” based on what they claimed to be increased intelligence reporting received within the past week.
The evacuation order also followed as a series of warnings by American officials over the past 10 days about unspecified “escalatory action” by Iran.
Rejecting the claims, Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations said Washington’s measure was “the latest episode in America’s propaganda war against Iran based on fake intelligence reports.”
Iran “is a threat to no one, neither in Iraq nor in other place, and has no intention of launching attacks anywhere,” the mission. “As history shows, Iran solely acts to defend itself and has no offensive strategy against other states.”
The mission further emphasized that the Iranian nation will not buckle under the new propaganda war.”