“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched,” Zarif said in a tweet on Wednesday.
“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” he added.
His comments came after Iran attacked an American airbase in neighboring Iraq in retaliation for the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq early on Wednesday.
“Tens of surface-to-surface missiles” were fired at the strategic airbase and the attack was later confirmed by the US officials.
The IRGC has called for a complete withdrawal of US troops from the Arab country, asserting that it would not differentiate between the US and Israel in retaliating against the assassination of the Iranian national hero.