UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has described US President Donald Trump’s “war crimes” threats to attack dozens of Iranian sites as tensions escalate following the killing of Quds Force commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Qasem Soleimani, transmits Anadolu Agency (AA)
“Hitting cultural sites is a war crime,” Zarif wrote on Twitter shortly after Trump threatened to attack 52 Iranian sites in case US citizens or property were attacked.
“Despite the kicks or howls, the end of the damaging American presence in West Asia has begun,” Zarif said.
An air strike outside Baghdad airport killed Soleimani and the deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi group, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Soleiman assassination marks a dramatic escalation in tensions between the US and Iran, which have often been exacerbated since President Donald Trump in 2018 chose to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal that world powers signed. with Tehran.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who awarded Soleiman the highest state award last year, pledged “a bitter retaliation” in response to the killing.
The Pentagon accused Soleiman of planning an attack on the US Embassy compound in Baghdad and planning to carry out additional attacks on diplomats and members of the US military in Iraq and the region.
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