Israel-Iran tensions

Blinken on the attack on Iran: We are not involved

Antony blinken

Antony blinken

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The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said that the US is not involved in any offensive operation and that it is continuing to work to de-escalate the situation in the Middle East.

Speaking at a press conference after the G7 meeting in Capri, Italy, Blinken was asked if the US was aware that Israel would attack, refusing to answer the question, the BBC reports.

In response to a second question about how he would characterize the current state of US-Israel relations, Blinken said that "we are engaged regularly, almost every day."

"We are committed to helping Israel defend itself and participating in its defense, as you saw just a few days ago," Blinken said.

He added that the G7 condemns the Iranian attack on Israel last weekend.

"Yesterday, the United States announced additional sanctions against Iran targeting its UAV programs, steel industry, companies linked to the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the Ministry of Defense and the logistics of its armed forces. The G7 statement makes it clear that the G7 countries will adopt additional sanctions or other measures in the coming days", said Blinkeni, emphasizing that despite the Israel-Iran tensions, the focus will be on the war in Gaza.