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Senators condemn Iran’s use of ballistic missiles in attack

January 8, 2020 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s senators said they condemn the use of ballistic missiles by Iran following its attack on Iraqi military installations housing U.S. troops.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, said Wednesday she’s relieved that no Americans were harmed. She commented following Iran’s retaliation against the United States for killing its most powerful military commander. Iran fired the missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops in what the Iranian supreme leader said was a “slap” against America’s military presence in the region.

President Donald Trump later gave a television address in which he indicated he wouldn’t respond militarily and that Iran appeared to be “standing down.”

“I’m encouraged that President Trump spoke of reducing military tensions, however, it remains a very dangerous and volatile situation,” Hassan said in a statement after Trump’s speech.

Earlier, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, also a Democrat, said, “Iran and the Trump administration must engage in diplomacy to de-escalate the situation.”

She added, “I expect the administration to fully brief Congress on what we know and what the next steps are. I remain adamant that war is not in America’s or Iran’s interest.”