Tehran – Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has said former US President Donald Trump should face justice for his role in the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani two years ago, otherwise Iran will take revenge.
In a televised speech on Monday, the Iranian president said as the “chief criminal and murderer” who ordered the deadly drone attack on Soleimani’s convoy in Iraq, Trump should face “God’s rule” and suffer “qisas”, which the Islamic term for retaliation in kind.
Raisi called for the establishment of a “fair court” in which former Secretary of State Trump, Mike Pompeo, and other U.S. officials would be sentenced and punished.
If not, he said, “do not doubt, and I say this to all American statesmen, that the hand of revenge from the ummah’s [nation’s] sleeve”.
Iran said Soleimani, one of the most powerful figures was in the country at the time, was on a diplomatic mission in Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi government when the US targeted him near the city’s airport.
Iran promised “hard revenge” at the time and days later fired more than a dozen missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq that caused no casualties. The country later set the complete withdrawal of US military forces from the region as its ultimate goal, as it promised revenge for the killings.
Meanwhile, judicial officials have vowed to continue to pursue the assassination in local and international locations. The country has previously requested Interpol “red notices” for the arrest of Trump and dozens of other U.S. officials.
A local court was set up on Monday and officials invited the Iranian public to formally register any grievances they may have with foreign powers for the assassination of the general.
Iran also called on the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council to issue resolutions against the United States and Israel – which accused Iranian officials of aiding the bombing – in condemning them and similar attacks. to discourage in the future.
‘Schools of Soleimani’
Raisi made his remarks Monday at an event in Tehran’s Grand Mosalla to celebrate the second anniversary of the general’s assassination. The event was televised live and included singing, poetry recitation, flag waving and speeches.
A week of events and programs to commemorate the former commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) began on Friday and continued on Monday, with rallies in Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman and other cities across the country.
The event in Tehran was attended by high-ranking officials and envoys from regional allies such as Palestine, Syria and Yemen who are part of the so-called “resistance axis” supported by Iran and expanded by Soleimani for decades.
During his speech, Raisi Soleimani also painted as a man who was more than a mere human being “and became a culture, a way, a school”.
“He is not a human being, he is a school. “This school is not being destroyed by terror or by missiles,” the president said.
Raisi said the general never feared the US, even though he was fully aware of his military might, “and from the bottom of his soul believed that America could not do a damn thing against us”, a phrase favored by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali. Khamenei.
Raisi also said Soleimani was a man who had mastered both the battlefield and diplomacy, in what looked like a barb against former Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said in a leaked audio tape in April that he at times had to “sacrifice” diplomacy for the promotion of field operations across the region.
More opportunities to come
Iranian media were full of content about Soleimani on Monday, and a documentary about him would soon be broadcast by state television. Cities were filled with posters of Soleimani, sometimes depicted next to Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was part of Soleimani’s convoy and also killed along with several others in the drone strike.
A student rally was held outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran on Sunday night, representing US interests in the decades-long absence of formal relations. The participants shouted slogans and burned American flags in the street.
Events are expected to continue every day until Friday, when officials planned an exhibition showcasing Iranian missiles to mark the IRGC’s missile attacks on U.S. bases two years ago.
In the early hours of Monday morning, at least two major Israeli media companies were hit by cyberattacks. It looked like the Jerusalem Post’s website and Maariv’s Twitter account were hacked when they posted content that praised Soleimani and threatened Israel.
An image they both posted showed a photo of the IRGC’s recent five-day military exercise, in which a mockup of Israel’s Dimona nuclear facilities was blown up with missiles and drones. A fist that guided the missile wore Soleimani’s famous ring, with the words, “We are near you where you do not think about it” on the image.
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