US calls for restraint in Iran-Pakistan tensions, State Dept says

WASHINGTON — The US State Department on Thursday urged restraint among all parties amid escalating tensions between Iran and Pakistan.

This statement follows Pakistan’s strikes against separatist militants inside Iran, a retaliatory measure in response to Tehran’s earlier attacks on another group within Pakistani territory.

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller commended Pakistan’s emphasis on cooperative relations with its neighbors.

“We are concerned about escalating tensions in the region. It’s something we’ve been incredibly concerned about, especially since October 7th, and have engaged in intense diplomatic efforts to prevent further escalation,” Miller said. “The statements from the government of Pakistan regarding the importance of cooperative relations were productive and useful. There’s no need for escalation, and we urge restraint on all sides.”