On December 30th, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech, in which he reminded that the assassination of Quds Force commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani would not go unpunished.
The entire statement is available in English on the Iranian presidential website.
Rouhani made some interesting claims, such as that the US assassinated Soleimani because it wants to harm “the Islamic Republic of Iran, independence of regional countries and revenge against those great nations that stood against the conspiracies of the United States and Zionism and foiled that conspiracy”.
Furthermore, Rouhani called ISIS a handful of Zionist and American mercenaries in the region and stressed:
“They did not want the ISIL to end like this, they wanted ISIL to take over the region, and that is why when they were wounded, the Israelis would take them to their hospitals, healed them and re-equipped them”.
The only parties, according to the Iranian President, who benefit from chaos and instability in the region are the US and Israel.
“No one in the region would benefit from an insecure in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen or Afghanistan”.
Finally, Rouhani made an eerie statement regarding US President Donald Trump, hailing his departure from office and saying that his “in just a few days, the life of this criminal will end.”
This can be seen on the screenshot below from the official English version posted on the presidential website as of noon on December 31st.
As long as the US forces are in the region, the region will not experience good days, President Rouhani said expressing hope that regional nations would “someday cut the foot of the aggressors and criminals.”
Separately, Chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that there was no expiry date for taking revenge on assassination of Iranian Commander Lt General Qassem Soleimani.
In his statement, Baqeri said that the US should leave the West Asia region; this is inevitable, and all revolutionary youth across the region and the world will make double effort to achieve the end.
He further highlighted determination of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Muslim nations and freedom-seekers across the world advocating proportionate retaliation of the crime.
Earlier, spokesman for headquarters in charge of organizing the first anniversary of assassination of General Soleimani, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, had said at a TV program that Iran has prepared documents to issue criminal indictment against those behind the assassination of Soleimani.
Today, Iran could identify who was the leader of the attack, from which country the attack was carried out and who gave information about terrorist operation to the US, Amir-Abdollahian has noted.
Tensions in the Middle East, and specifically in the Persian Gulf are at the boiling point, with Iran preparing for a potential US and Israeli attack.
The US has the USS Georgia nuclear submarine, loaded to the brim with Tomahawk missiles, as well as two guided missile destroyers. Israel also deployed a submarine.
Since the U.S. strike on Soleimani, the U.S. has been anticipating retaliatory moves from Iran. In the days after his death, Iran did launch a wave of missiles at U.S. positions in Iraq, though no deaths were reported. The U.S. has been on alert for additional Iranian attacks amid increasing revenge rhetoric from Iran. On December 29th, the U.S. deployed a pair of B-52 bombers to the region, amid reports of a potential “complex attack” against Americans in Iraq.
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