AMIR VAHDAT and JOSEPH KRAUSS
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sent mixed signals Thursday as tensions with the U.S. appeared to ease, with President Hassan Rouhani warning of a "very dangerous response" if the U.S. makes "another mistake" and a senior commander vowing "harsher revenge" for the killing of a top Iranian general.
Both sides appeared to step back on Wednesday after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases housing American troops in Iraq without causing any casualties. Iran said the attack was retaliation for the U.S. strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the architect of its regional security strategy, in Iraq earlier this week.
Rouhani said the missile attack was a legitimate act of self-defense under the U.N. Charter, but he war