On Sunday, President Donald Trump cautioned that if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets in retaliation for the killing of the high-ranking Iranian general, Washington will strike 52 sites in the Islamic Republic “very fast and very hard”.
Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council and former chief of the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has warned of far-reaching repercussions from a possible US strike on the Islamic Republic.
“In response to Trump, who had said that Washington will attack Iran if it takes revenge, Rezaei said “be sure that in such a case we will completely level [Israel’s port city of] Haifa and key Israeli targets”, on Sunday.
He made his remarks during a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday which saw mourners commemorate the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, head of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force, who died in a US airstrike in Baghdad on 3 January.
Rezaei touted a “massive movement” that had taken shape in Iran in response to Soleimani’s murder, pledging that Iran will be “firmly fighting the Americans” until it achieves “complete US withdrawal from the region”.
“The whole world should know that that the Americans will be removed from the region soon,” he pointed out.