Iran reiterated Saturday reiterated that it will avenge the US killing of its top commander General Qasem Soleimani but it won’t target innocent people.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief Major General Hossein Salami pledged an “honorable” Soleimani revenge that will target “only those involved”.
General Qasem Soleimani, who headed the Guards’ elite Qods Force, was murdered alongside another top Iraqi commander, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in an American air strike near Baghdad airport in January this year.
Provocative News Report
Quoting unnamed officials, a US media report had claimed that in pursuit of revenge Iran plans to assassinate the American ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, ahead of the US presidential election in November.
Following that report, President Donald Trump this week threatened Tehran with a “thousand times stronger” reaction in the event of an attack on his country.
South Africa’s state security agency debunked the misleading media report by saying on Friday it had found no evidence of any plot against Miss Marks.
Salami’s Response To Trump
Addressing the US president, Guards’ chief Major General Salami said, “Mr Trump, our revenge for the martyrdom of our great commander is certain, serious and real, but we are honorable and take revenge with fairness and justice.”
“You think we would strike at a woman ambassador to South Africa for the blood of our martyr brother? We will target those who were directly or indirectly involved in the martyrdom of this great man,” he was quoted as saying by the Guard’s official website Sepahnews.
“You should know, that we will target whoever was involved … and this is a serious message.”
Days after General Qasem Soleimani’s killing, Iran had launched a volley of missiles at bases in Iraq housing US and other coalition troops, but US refrained from escalating the situation through any further military attack.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have remained strained ever since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. The ties have deteriorated more sharply since May 2018 when Trump unilaterally pulled out of a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed crippling sanctions on the country.