Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has assured that his country will never forget the martyrdom of General Qassem Soleimani, who died on January 3rd during an American missile attack in Iraq, and will surely bring a mutual attack to the United States.
This statement comes during his visit today to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.”The Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget the martyrdom of Qassem Soleimani. It will certainly deal with a mutual blow to the United States,” Khamenei affirmed on Twitter, adding that the US crime in the assassination of Soleimani and Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is an example of the American presence. “Killing a guest in your home and openly confessing it is no small thing,” recalled the supreme leader referring to Washington’s actions in Iraq.
Similarly, the Iranian supreme leader stressed that the Persian country never had, or intends to, meddle in Iraqi affairs, highlighting that it watches over both its territorial integrity and its internal unity. “Iran is certainly against anything that weakens Iraq,” theAyatollah Ali Khamenei stated.
In this sense, he severely criticized Washington’s position regarding Baghdad, assuring that the North American country is the enemy in the real sense of the word, since it opposes a strong and independent Iraqi government chosen by popular vote.
Khamenei also reaffirmed that the White House does not care who occupies the post of Iraqi Prime Minister. “Iran hopes that Iraqi friends know that the American presence in any country brings corruption and destruction,” he stressed, accusing the Americans to promote insecurity and instability in the region.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad is likely to aggravate the situation in the Middle East. The US President Donald Trump instead says that Soleimani was responsible for the death of millions of people, including the high number of protesters recently killed in Iran.
The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, also spoke of the American attack that took place near Baghdad airport. “This is a time when leaders must exercise caution, the world cannot afford another war in the Gulf,” he stated in a note in which he said to be deeply concerned.After the general’s death, Iran increased repression and its national security measures, killing dozens of people suspected of working as spies for the CIA and Mossad.
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