US President Donald Trump has warned to hit Iran ‘very hard and very fast’ if Iran carries out its threats against US interests. Trump said that the US has identified ’52’ targets.
Following the death of Qassim Soleimani, an Iranian military leader and Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad, ordered by US President, Trump warned Iran in a Twitter message.
“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters.”, Trump tweeted.
“He was already attacking our Embassy and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), 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. The USA wants no more threats!”, Trump said.
The US president’s words came in stark contrast to those from Europe, with Germany, France and the EU all seeking compromise in order to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, the White House has sent a formal notification to Congress under the War Powers Act of the airstrike that killed Soleimani at Baghdad airport on Friday, according to a senior official.
The notification was classified and it was not known if a public version would be made available, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the report “suggests Congress and the American people are being left in the dark about our national security.”