The head of Iran’s special forces fired a warning shot at U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying in a speech that Iran would “destroy all that you possess” should a military conflict break out between the Middle Eastern country and the United States.
The head of Iran’s special forces has delivered a blistering speech in which he repeatedly threatened President Trump, telling him that war with the country will “destroy all that you possess" https://t.co/3x4cdTRlYg
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 26, 2018
“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end,” Soleimani said in his speech. “Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.”
— VICE News (@vicenews) July 26, 2018
You know our power in the region and our capabilities in asymmetric war. We will act and we will work.
On Sunday night, Trump tweeted an all-caps warning to Rouhani to “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Soleimani said “as a soldier” it was his “duty to respond to Trump’s threats” and that if Trump “wants to use the language of threat… he should talk to me, not to the president.”
“I am your foe,” Soleimani said, taking a direct shot at Trump, “and my Quds Force is your foe.”
There isn’t a night where we do not think about you in our sleep. I tell you, Mr. Trump, the gambler, I tell you that at this moment when you are incapable of thinking, we are closer to you in a place you never even imagined.
To be fair DT doesn’t possess much. Most of what he has is leveraged by Russia.
— johnbaron (@blurryf182) July 26, 2018
Trump’s tweet was in response to a statement by Rouhani, in which the Iranian leader cautioned that Trump’s hawkish attitude toward Iran could lead to “the mother of all wars.”
“Don’t play with fire, or you will regret,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported on Sunday. “We are noble people and we have guaranteed in the history security of the Strait in the region.”
Voices within Trump’s administration have echoed the president’s aggressive stance against Iran.