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Iran President Promises Further Retaliation Against U.S.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that they will further retaliate against the United States for the killing of top military leader, Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

Speaking on state television Rouhani said Iran has responded and will respond to Soleimani’s “assassination.”

“The Americans assassinated our great commander. We have responded to that terrorist act and will respond to it,” the Iranian leader said in the televised speech.

Rouhani also took the opportunity to rebuke those who criticize his nation’s response to Coronavirus.

Trump Defends Actions

The Trump administration defended the January airstrike near a Baghdad airport that killed Soleimani. The military leader was the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He was also one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

The Pentagon said then that the move was “meant to deter future attacks” from Iran, noting that Soleimani was already planning imminent combat operations against the US military.”

President Trump also said that Soleimani was planning to blow up four US embassies.

“I’ll stand by the intelligence I saw that was compelling, it was imminent, and it was very very clear in scale and scope … those of us who were involved in the decision-making of that, we would have been culpably negligent to the American people had we not made the decision we made,” Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

Iran Responds

In an immediate response to the US, Iran launched a ballistic missile attack against Iraq facilities housing US troops. 

It also “unintentionally” downed a Ukraine International Airlines flight  — carrying 176 people on board — amid heightened tension with the US in the region. This came just a few hours after Iran fired dozens of ballistic missiles targeted at American bases in Iraq.

During the same televised speech, Rouhani also accused the US of  “severely hampering” Iran’s coronavirus response due to its existing sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued the same accusation on Twitter, where he said Rouhani informed his “counterparts” how efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Iran have been severely hampered by US sanctions.

Iran Requests Lifted Sanctions

Even while threatening retaliation against the US, though, the Iranian leaders called for the western nation to lift its sanctions.

“Unlawful US sanctions drained Iran’s economic resources, impairing ability to fight #COVID19. They literally kill innocents. It is immoral to observe them: doing so has never saved anyone from future US wrath,” Zarif said.

“Join the growing global campaign to disregard US sanctions on Iran,” he added.

“In letter to counterparts @HassanRouhani informs how efforts to fight #COVID19 pandemic in Iran have been severely hampered by US sanctions, urging them to cease observing them: It is IMMORAL to let a bully kill innocents,” Zarif further said.

America Responds

In response to Rouhani and Zafir, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out Iran’s deceit.

#Iran deceived the world by secretly hiding its archive of nuclear weapons records, and continues to preserve plans and its cadre of nuclear weapons scientists from its pre-2004 program. Today we are adding five of these senior Iranian officials to the @CommerceGov Entity List,” the Secretary said.

“Iraqis want a government that upholds Iraq’s sovereignty, provides basic needs, is free of corruption, and protects their human rights. If #Iraq‘s newly selected Prime Minister-designate, Adnan Zurfi puts these interests first, he will have U.S. and international support,” he added.

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