Defiant Trump doubles down on threat to Iran cultural sites , US President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on a threat to attack Iranian cultural sites despite accusations that any such strike would amount to a war crime.
After his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, had insisted that any military action would conform to international law, Trump said he would regard cultural sites as fair game if Iran resorted to deadly force against US targets.
In a flurry of interviews on the Sunday talkshows, Secretary of State Pompeo said the US would not hesitate to hit back hard against Iran’s “kleptocratic regime” if it came under attack, but pledged that any action would be consistent with the rule of law.
Through MILLENNIA of history, barbarians have come and ravaged our cities, razed our monuments and burnt our libraries,” “A reminder to those hallucinating about emulating ISIS war crimes by targeting our cultural heritage:
Razed our monuments and burnt our libraries,” said Foreign Minister Zarif. “Where are they now? We’re still here, & standing tall.” Nicholas Burns, who served as US ambassador to NATO under president George W. Bush,
Said the Trump administration would be guilty of hypocrisy given it was part of international efforts to deter IS from destroying countless pre-Islamic artefacts, including in the Syrian UNESCO-listed site of Palmyra.
But one former official expressed skepticism that military planners would agree to target cultural sites.
“I find it hard to believe the Pentagon would provide Trump targeting options that include Iranian cultural sites,” said Colin Kahl who was National Security Adviser to former vice president Joe Biden.
“Trump may not care about the laws of war, but DoD (Department of Defense) planners and lawyers do… and targeting cultural sites is war crime.”