Washington: The USA President Donald Trump has mentioned that he has recognized 52 Iranian targets and can reply “very fast and very hard” to any reprisal from Tehran for the demise of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, which the US chief ordered.
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites… some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,” Trump mentioned through Twitter on Saturday.
“The USA wants no more threats!” added the president, who mentioned the quantity corresponds to the 52 US diplomats and residents taken hostage within the storming of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, after which diplomatic relations between the international locations had been severed, Efe information reported.
Trump believed that “Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in response to the demise in Baghdad of Soleimani and the vp of the Iraqi Standard Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
On Friday, nonetheless, the president mentioned he had ordered the demise of Soleimani, commander of the Quds Power of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps thought-about a hero within the nation, with a purpose to “stop a war,” not begin one.
The Trump administration has argued that the objective of killing Soleimani was to forestall an “imminent attack” that will have endangered the lives of US forces and diplomats within the Center East, a area wherein 60,000-70,000 US troops are deployed.
Trump once more held Soleimani liable for the demise on Dec. 27 of an American contractor in an assault towards a army base in Iraq and mentioned the Iranian commander additionally orchestrated the assault on the US embassy in Baghdad, which occurred in response to US bombings in Syria and Iraq.
Iran has promised “harsh retaliation” and in response, the US was to ship 3,000 to three,500 additional troops to the Center East, US media reported Saturday.
Trump’s resolution triggered inventory market crashes, oil worth rises and aroused worry amongst US allies of armed battle.
Internally, Democratic opposition lawmakers have condemned Trump for not informing Congress beforehand of the assault.
In the meantime, protests had been held in additional than 70 US cities from Los Angeles to New York to protest the killing of Soleimani and the sending of extra troops to the Center East, in accordance with the Act Now to Cease Battle & Finish Racism anti-war coalition, who spearheaded the demonstrations with different organisations.
Protesters held indicators saying “Stop bombing Iraq,” “US troops out of Iraq” and “No war or sanctions on Iran.”