January 8, 2020 / 9:24 AM / 19 days ago

Iran's response to any new U.S. action to be proportional: defense minister

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami adjusts a headphone during the annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s response to U.S. retaliation to Tehran’s missile attacks on American targets in Iraq will be proportional, Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami told state television.

“We used short range missiles ... I hope this will be a memorable lesson for America,” Hatami said in reference to Wednesday’s Iranian strikes on U.S. targets that followed last week’s killing of an Iranian commander in a U.S. drone strike.

“Iran’s response (to any U.S. retaliation) will be proportional to what America will do,” he said, adding that U.S. President Donald Trump “has turned the (U.S.) Administration into a terrorist government.”

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Edmund Blair

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