U.S. President Joe Biden has issued a cryptic warning to Iran after his administration denied that the country was involved in a recent Hamas missile attack.
Speaking to reporters while attending a military event in the White House on Wednesday, the president said: “Be careful.” He did not elaborate on what the message was intended for or what it meant.
It is unclear if the warning is related to the Hamas attack that occurred last week and whether Biden is suggesting that Iran could face repercussions for its involvement. His administration has yet to comment on the details.
The warning also comes amid rising tensions between the US and Iran as they prepare for indirect talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Biden has sought to reengage with Tehran, regardless of its alleged involvement in the attack last week. But it is clear that the US is still cautious about Iranian involvement in regional conflicts and will not let the matter go unchallenged.
The president’s warning may suggest that the US is prepared to take swift action if Iran does not abide by the rules of diplomatic engagement and respect US allies in the region.