The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reaffirmed Irans promise to revenge the US killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in early January this year.
Major General Hossein Salami addressed US President Donald Trump directly in a speech where he said that Irans revenge will certainly come off.
Soleimani, considered the second most powerful person in Iran, was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq. He was escorted by a senior Iraqi commander and several other members of the IRGC who were killed.
Following the attack, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised a great revenge for the perpetrators, a promise Iranian officials have repeated since.
A few days later, Iran responded with more than a dozen missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing US troops.
As Salami pointed out in his speech on Saturday, no American soldiers were killed in the attack.
However, the US military revealed that more than 100 soldiers were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury from the missile strike, which Trump described as a headache.
Salami’s remarks came after US media reported, citing unnamed sources, that Iran was considering assassinating US Ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marx, to avenge Soleimani.
Warning this week that Washington would react violently to any Iranian attempt to avenge the general’s death, Trump tweeted saying, if they hit the U.S in any way, they will hit them 1000 times harder.
This week, Iranian authorities warned Trump not to make another strategic mistake of believing such reports.
The head of the IRGC also hinted on Saturday that 66-year-old Mark’s, a former fashion and luxury bag designer, was not the right target.
Relations between Iran and the United States have continued to deteriorate since Trump unilaterally withdrew from the international nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers.
The United States has imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran and wants to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions, which would also renew an effective embargo on conventional weapons.