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Trump threatens again to bomb Iranian cultural sites

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump again threatened to bomb Iranian cultural sites after similar statements sparked widespread criticism.

Trump, in statements quoted by the Associated Press, said that the cultural sites are a “just goal” for the US military.

And Saturday, Trump threatened for the first time to target those sites, in a Tweet on his Twitter account.

Trump said then: “They are allowed to kill and torture our people and use the roadside bombs to blow them up, while we are not allowed to compromise their cultural sites … This is not a must.”

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, in response to Trump’s threats, that striking cultural sites in Iran would be considered a “war crime”.

In Twitter tweets, Zarif accused Trump of “serious violations of international law through the cowardly assassinations” of the United States in Iraq last Friday, in which Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force and others, was killed.

“Trump’s threats to commit new violations … and target cultural sites are a war crime,” Zarif said.

He added that “the end of the malicious American presence in West Asia has begun.”

Soleimani, Vice President of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and 8 people who were accompanying them, were killed at dawn on Friday, following an American air strike that targeted two cars on the road to Baghdad Airport.

And on Sunday, President Trump threatened to bomb 52 “important targets” for Iran if Tehran targeted any U.S. sites, in response to statements by Iranian officials of “retaliation” over the killing of Soleimani.

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