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Iran vows ‘hit’ on all involved in US killing of top general

 International Desk

 Published: 10:12 PM, 19 September 2020  

IRGC Chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami

IRGC Chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami

The chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami has threatened Saturday to take action against everyone who were involved in its top general’s killing in January during a US drone strike in Iraq.

“Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real,” IRGS website said quoting Gen. Hossein Salami.

US President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, tweeting that “if they hit us in any way, any form, written instructions already done we’re going to hit them 1000 times harder.”

The president’s warning came in response to a report that Iran was plotting to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to South Africa in retaliation for Soleimani’s killing at Baghdad’s airport at the beginning of the year, reports AP.

“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,” Trump said. “Qasem Soleimani is dead. He’s dead. Bad guy. Bad guy. Very bad guy.”

Salami rejected the report of an Iranian plot to assassinate Ambassador Lana Marks, but made clear that Iran intends to avenge the general’s death.

“Do you think we hit a female ambassador in return to our martyred brother?’ the general said. “We will hit those who had direct and indirect roles. You should know that everybody who had role in the event will be hit, and this is a serious message. We do prove everything in practice.”

In January, Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting US soldiers in Iraq in response to the fatal drone strike.

Trump has stepped up economic pressure on Iran with sanctions since he pulled the United States out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2018.

Tehran has continued to expand its stockpile of enriched uranium and pressured other nations to offset the harm of U.S. sanctions, while insisting it does not want to develop a nuclear weapon.

Source: AP/UNB