N.D. leaders discuss conflict in Middle East


BISMARCK, N.D. - 3,000 U.S. troops are moving into Iraq and Kuwait this weekend following the killing of Iran's top military general in Iraq.

Many are worried the United States' involvement in Friday's air strike could push Iran to retaliate, but North Dakota's leaders are saying the move won't lead to increased conflict.

"It should serve more as a deterrent than a provocation. And I think that while Iran may be foolish and they may be terrorists, they're not stupid. They're a very sophisticated country,” Senator Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said.

"We don't want to be in another armed conflict in the Middle East if we can avoid it, but the way to avoid it isn't to completely appease them and let them do what they want to do,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., said.

Iranian President Hannan Rouhani tweeted on Friday that Iran will take revenge for the killing of their military general.
The North Dakota congressional delegation says the world is a safer place with him dead.