US, Iran trade barbs at UN Security Council over retaliatory US strikes

The United States and Iran have traded barbs at the United Nations Security Council over retaliatory airstrikes in Iraq and Syria by the US military.

The council convened an emergency meeting on Monday following the US bombings of facilities of Iran's elite military forces in Iraq and Syria on Friday.

The US military carried out the operation in retaliation for a deadly drone attack that killed three American soldiers in Jordan.

Deputy US Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood said Iran continues to escalate tensions across the region.

He said the US will continue to exercise its right to self-defense at a time and a place of its choosing.
He added that the US will also continue to hold Iran and its affiliates accountable for their destabilizing actions.

Iran's Ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani denounced the US airstrikes as a violation of the sovereignty of Iraq and Syria. He said that if Iran faces any threat, attack, or aggression affecting its security, it will not hesitate to exercise its inherent right to respond firmly.

Some of the council members condemned the deadly drone attack in Jordan, saying they will respect the US action to exercise its right to self-defense.

African nations and other members expressed their concern that retaliatory strikes by the US could escalate tensions in the region.