Category: World / September 28, 2012 5:36 PM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that Iran has left no doubt that It will do whatever it takes to protect Tehran’s staunch ally, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"Let's be very frank here - the regime's most important lifeline is Iran. Last week, a senior Iranian official publicly acknowledged that members of the Iranian (Islamic) Revolutionary Guard Corps are operating inside Syria," she told a group of foreign ministers at a meeting in New York.
"There is no longer any doubt that Tehran will do whatever it takes to protect its proxy and crony in Damascus," Clinton said. "Iran will do everything it can to evade international sanctions."
Clinton also said the United States was offering the Syrian opposition an additional $45 million in non-lethal and humanitarian aid - $30 million for humanitarian assistance and $15 million for non-lethal help, such as radios and training.
The 18-month-old uprising against Assad has descended into a civil war and opposition activists estimate more than 30,000 people have been killed.