WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The leader of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran said that they will go after everyone who had a direct and indirect role in the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleiman last January.
- Trump responded saying any Iranian retaliatory moves on the US in revenge for Soleiman’s death will be handled mercilessly.
- Although Gen. Hossein Salami debunked reports of a plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa, he signified Iran’s intentions to avenge their top general.
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard had threatened retaliation against everyone involved in the killing of its top general at Baghdad’s airport during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq in January.
According to the guard’s website, Gen. Hossein Salami was quoted saying: “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real.”
In response, President Donald Trump issued a warning this week that any Iranian attempts to avenge the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani will be dealt with severely.
“If they hit us in any way, any form, written instructions already done we’re going to hit them 1000 times harder.”
Trump’s warning came following reports of an alleged assassination plot on the U.S. ambassador to South Africa.
“We took out the world’s number one terrorist and the mass murderer of American troops and many, many troops and many people all over the world. Qasem Soleimani is dead. Very bad guy,” tweeted the president.
While denying the assassination report on Ambassador Lana Marks, Salami elucidated Iran’s intentions to go after those who played a role in Soleimani’s death.
“Do you think we hit a female ambassador in return to our martyred brother?’ You should know that everybody who had a role in the event will be hit, and this is a serious message. We do prove everything in practice,” the general responded.
Tensions have been mounting between Tehran and Washington since Trump pulled out the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2018 and jacked up economic sanctions.
Despite insisting that the country had no plans of developing a nuclear weapon, Tehran continued to amass enriched uranium and pressure other nations to counterbalance the U.S. sanctions.