US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, said he “didn’t see” specific evidence that top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning attacks on four U.S. embassies, but said he believed such attacks would have occurred.
“The president didn’t cite a specific piece of evidence. What he said was he believed,” Esper said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“I didn’t see one, with regard to four embassies. What I’m saying is that I shared the president’s view that probably my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. The embassies are the most prominent display of American presence in a country.”
The president and his top officials have said the strike that killed Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was justified because there was an “imminent” threat to American service members and diplomats.
Source: Jordan News Agency