WASHINGTON, D.C. – Commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced that his country does not want war with Iran, despite the state of readiness of US forces for such a possibility. In statements to the private Lebanese LBCI channel, he indicated that the U.S. has pursued a policy of maximum pressure against Iran for the past two years. Additionally, U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is now assessing the nature of this approach, noting that the U.S. does not want to go to war with Iran.
Regarding the Iranians’ pledge to avenge the assassination of the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qassem Soleimani, McKenzie stressed that U.S. forces are ready to respond promptly if necessary.
On Monday, the U.S. State Department expressed concern about recent developments in Lebanon and the failure of the leadership to act in the face of the ongoing multiple trials. Deputy spokesman for the State Department Jalina Porter called on Lebanese political leaders to put aside their party interests and form a government that will rapidly implement reforms that will restore confidence and save the country’s economy.