Vice President Pence told CBS Evening News on Wednesday, Jan. 8, that intelligence is showing that the militias, of which Gen. Qassem Soleimani was the “primary leader,” are being instructed not to attack U.S. targets in the week after the leader’s death.
“Frankly, we’re receiving some encouraging intelligence that Iran is sending messages to those very same militias not to move against American targets or civilians,” he said. “And we hope that that message continues to echo.”
Asked if the strike authorized by President Trump to kill Soleimani was like “taking a baseball bat to a hornets’ nest,” referring to the Iranian proxy militias, the vice president said he acknowledged the challenge of facing the militias but the United States has made clear that it “will not tolerate violence.”
“But we’re sending a very clear message as we did with those five airstrikes to militia bases,” he said.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 9, 2020
According to The Washington Post, in an address to the nation, President Trump said that the United States was “ready to embrace peace” and that the two countries should work together on shared priorities.
“The U.S. enmity toward Iran is not temporary. It’s inherent,” Khamenei said, according to Iranian media reports. “It is a gross mistake to think if we took a step back and compromised, the United States would stop.”
Ariane Tabatabai, an analyst with the Rand Corporation, said, “The good news is that both sides have added that element of ‘We don’t want war; we want to avoid escalating further.'”