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Washington threatens Iran after US sanctions announcement

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These new sanctions come on the second anniversary of the assassination of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed in early 2020 in an American raid in Baghdad, on the orders of then-President Donald Trump.

persons appointed yesterday, he would face serious consequences “,” text “:” If Iran were to attack any of our citizens, including one of the 52 persons named yesterday, it would face serious consequences ” }}”>If Iran were to attack any of our citizens, including one of the 52 named yesterday, it would face serious consequences.US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

The United States of America will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those currently serving the United States, and those who have served in the past., adds the press release.

Qassem Soleimani among other soldiers.

Qassem Soleimani in 2016 in Tehran, Iran

Photo: The Associated Press / enei.ir

Tehran on Saturday added more than fifty US citizens to a list of people accused of somehow participating in the decision-making or organization of the elimination of General Soleimani.

Among those names are the U.S. Chief of Staff Mark Milley, and the former U.S. Ambassador to theUnited Nations Organization Nikki Haley.

Looks like I’m going to have to cancel my relaxing vacation in Iran …, ironically tweeted Ms Haley on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump chats with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Day One of the UN Annual General Assembly in 2017

US President Donald Trump in 2017 at the UN with US Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Photo: Associated Press / Seth Wenig

On Monday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi threatened former American leaders, including Donald Trump, with revenge during a rally in Tehran marking the anniversary of the general’s assassination.

Iran had also said days earlier that the current US administration of Joe Biden was responsible of Mr. Trump’s decision to eliminate Soleimani.

On January 3, 2020, an armed drone sprayed the vehicle aboard which was Qassem Soleimani, architect of Iranian strategy in the Middle East.

The night attack, on a road to Baghdad International Airport, raised fears of an open war between Tehran and Washington, two historical enemies.

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