NSC Spokesman John Kirby Clashes with Reporter Over US Actions in the Middle East

Spokesman for the National Security Council, John Kirby, has been engaged in a heated exchange with a reporter from Al Jazeera. The reporter suggested that the U.S. naval presence in the Middle East has provoked Iran. Kirby strongly disagreed, citing Iran’s attacks on merchant ships in the region as evidence that it is Iran, not the U.S., that has escalated tensions. Kirby’s defense of U.S. actions comes amidst growing tensions in the region, with recent reports of an Israeli airstrike on a base in Iran and an assassination of a senior IRGC commander. Despite these growing tensions, Kirby and the Biden administration seem unwilling to de-escalate the situation.