Washington on Sunday threatened Iran with “serious consequences” if its citizens were “attacked” after Tehran announced sanctions against nearly 50 Americans for their involvement in the attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani.
“If Iran attacks any of our citizens, including one of the 52 people named on Saturday, it will face severe consequences,” US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement carried by AFP.
Jake Sullivan further stated that “the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens,” which “includes those who currently serve the United States and those who have served it in the past.”
On Saturday, Tehran added more than 50 American citizens to the list of people accused of participating in any way in making the decision or organizing the killing of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards. Elite power.
And Tehran announced the new sanctions a few days after the second anniversary of the assassination of Soleimani, in an attack by a drone (unmanned aircraft) at Baghdad airport, by order of then US President Donald Trump.
Among those who have been sanctioned are US Chief of Staff Mark Milley and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
“Looks like I’m going to have to cancel my relaxing vacation in Iran…,” Nikki Haley joked in a Sunday post on the social network Twitter.
Iranian President Ebrahim Al-Raisi on Monday threatened to retaliate against former US leaders, including Donald Trump, at a rally in Tehran to commemorate the assassination of General Soleimani.
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