The permanent ambassador of Iran to the UN, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, said Friday that the death of the commander of the Quds Force of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution (IRGC), General Qasem Soleimani, is an "act of war" and sentenced that there will be a "hard revenge."
"We cannot close our eyes to what happened last night. There will definitely be revenge, a hard revenge," said the diplomat in an interview with the US network CNN.
Ravanchi said that with the drone attack on the vehicle in which Soleimani was traveling and the vice president of the Iraqi Shiite militias Popular Crowd, Abu Mahdi al Mohandes, The United States began a "military war."
"So what else can we expect from Iran? We cannot remain silent. We have to act and we will act," said the ambassador, who argued that the answer to a "military action is a military action."
After the attack in Baghdad, the leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that those who killed Soleimani face a "hard revenge."
In a statement issued by official Persian media, Ayatollah Khamenei blamed the "cruelest people on earth" for the murder of the "honorable" commander who "fought bravely for years against the evils and bandits of the world."
Popular Crowd denounced on Thursday that its vice president and Soleimani died in a US bombing against the vehicle in which they traveled in Baghdad.
In its official Twitter account, Popular Crowd said that the vehicle was the target of an air attack on the road of the international airport.
General Soleimani was in charge of the operations outside Iran of the Guardians of the Revolution and was present on the ground in Syria and Iraq, supervising the militias backed by Tehran in both Arab countries.
Iranian Minister of Defense, General Amir HatamiHe also promised this Friday that he will take revenge on "all who are behind the murder."
"Without a doubt, this heinous crime, which is a resounding proof of the evil nature of the Great Satan, the arrogant United States and its total support for terrorism in the region and Iraq, will be answered in an overwhelming manner," said the military .
Previously, Major General Mohsen Rezaei, a former IRGC commander, also promised a "hard revenge" against the perpetrators of the alleged murders.
While the US president, Donald Trump, said, in an unexpected appearance before the press, that his goal was to "stop a war", not start it.
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