Responding to a tweet earlier this week, in which United States President Donald Trump warned Iran not to threaten the U.S., Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani threatened that in a war with Iran the U.S. would suffer an “annihilation of all your means,” Iran’s semi-official PressTV news agency reported Thursday.
Trump’s tweet had been in response to a threat from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who threatened earlier this week that war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars.”
Dismissing Trump as a “cabaret owner,” the general said that it was beneath Rouhani to respond to Trump, and said that “as a soldier,” he would respond.
After mocking the U.S. for the war in Iraq, saying “have you forgotten that you provided adult diapers for your soldiers in tanks?” Soleimani then switch to threats. “Despite that you are currently threatening the great country of Iran? With what background do you threaten [us]?”
We are near you, where you can’t even imagine. We are the nation of martyrdom, we are the nation of Imam Hossein, you better ask. Come; we are ready. We are the man of this arena. You know that this war would mean annihilation of all your means. You may begin the war, but it is us who will end it.
Soleimani was not the only Iranian general threatening the U.S. In response to Trump, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, said on Tuesday that Iran’s army was poised to deliver a “crushing response to any threat at any level.”
Threats that Iran would defeat the U.S. in war are not new. In a video released in September 2015, shortly after the U.S. shut down debate on the nuclear deal with Iran affirming its support for the deal, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released a video in which he asserted, “We neither welcome nor begin any war. They must know that should any war break out, one who will emerge humiliated out of it will be invading and criminal America.”
A few months earlier, just after the nuclear deal was agreed to, Khamenei tweeted an image of what appeared to be President Barack Obama with a gun pointed at his head, and a threat that read, “US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. ”
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