President Trump has warned the U.S. is “targeting” 52 Iranian sites and will strike “very fast and very hard” if Tehran hits Americans or U.S. assets.
His comments come after the U.S. assassination of Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in a drone strike.
Iran has vowed to avenge his killing.
Mr. Trump tweeted Iran, “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in response to the general’s death.
Additionally, he said the US has identified 52 Iranian sites, 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” if Tehran strikes the U.S.
“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said further.
President Trump noted that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for more than a year from late 1979 after they were seized at the US embassy in Tehran.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had earlier vowed “harsh retaliation” after the airstrike, calling Soleimani the “international face of resistance.”
Khamenei declared three days of public mourning and appointed Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, Soleimani’s deputy, to replace him as head of the Quds Force.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the killing a “heinous crime” and said his country would “take revenge.”
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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