“[Trump] doesn’t know international law. He doesn’t recognize U.N. resolutions either. Basically, he is a veritable gangster and a gambler. He is no politician he has no mental stability,” General Hossein Dehghan, a top military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said in response to Trump’s threat. He says that U.S. has started the war. He named Trump as “a veritable gangster and a gambler.” He passed these comments in an interview with CNN today’s Morning. He told told CNN that his country would respond by striking U.S. military targets. “The response for sure will be military and against military sites,” he added.
“It was America that has started the war. Therefore, they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions. The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted,” Dehghan said. “Afterward they should not seek a new cycle.”
Trump warned Iran via Twitter against striking any American targets, saying that his administration had compiled a list of 52 locations in Iran that it would attack in response. The president’s tweets faced backlash from some U.S. lawmakers, who noted that he specifically mentioned sites important to “Iranian culture.”
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Tensions between the Iran and the US. have been heightened since long and were temporarily reduced after P5+1 Deal of 2015. After Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA, the tensions were once again high, and clouds of fear and uncertainty began after the killing of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a vehicle near the Baghdad airport after he arrived in Iraq early Friday.