United States President Donald Trump has warned Iran against retaliating after Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani was killed during a strike.
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!” US President Trump said in a Twitter post.
“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters,” Trump said.
“He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years,” he added.
The US Department of Defense said on January 2 that “at the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
In response, Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei said in a statement “Shahid Soleymani is the international face of the resistance and all who have a heart-felt connection to the resistance seek his blood revenge.”
“All friends – and indeed all enemies – should know that the path of jihad and resistance continues with increased motivation and certain victory awaits the mujahideen on this blessed path,” Ali Khamenei added.