Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief stated Saturday that Tehran will avenge the US killing of its high commander General Qasem Soleimani by concentrating on solely these concerned, in an “honourable” retaliation.
Soleimani, who headed the Guards elite Qods Force, was killed in an American air strike close to Baghdad airport in January.
A US media report, quoting unnamed officers, stated Iran plans in retaliation to assassinate the American ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, earlier than the presidential election in November.
US President Donald Trump threatened Iran this week with a “thousand times stronger” response in case of any assault on his nation, following the report.
South Africa’s state safety company stated Friday it had discovered no proof of such a plot in opposition to Marks.
Guards’ chief Major General Hossein Salami retorted to the US president.
“Mr. Trump, our revenge for the martyrdom of our great commander is certain, serious and real, but we are honourable and take revenge with fairness and justice,” he stated, quoted by the Guard’s official web site Sepahnews.
“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 stated.
“You should know, that we will target whoever was involved … and this is a serious message.”
Soleimani was killed in an drone air strike, alongside a high Iraqi commander. Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
Days later, Iran launched a volley of missiles at Iraqi bases housing US and different coalition troops, however Trump kept away from any additional army response.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been tense ever because the Islamic revolution of 1979.
They have deteriorated sharply since Trump unilaterally pulled out of a landmark worldwide nuclear take care of Iran in May 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions.