Soleimani to Trump: ’War will destroy everything you own’

Soleimani to Trump: ’War will destroy everything you own’
A senior Iranian military commander said on Thursday (July 26) Donald Trump should address any threats against Tehran directly to him and he mocked the US president as displaying the ethics of “night clubs and gambling halls”, the Iranian Young Journalists’ Club reported.

The comments by Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who heads the Quds militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, were the latest salvo in a war of words between the two countries which has reached a new level of bellicosity.

“As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to Trump’s threats. If he wants to use the language of threat, he should talk to me, not to the president (Hassan Rouhani),” Soleimani was quoted as saying in the central city of Hamedan.

“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. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic,” Soleimani said in his speech.

“You know our power in the region and our capabilities in asymmetric war. We will act and we will work,” he added.

Soleimani, who as Quds Force commander is in charge of the Revolutionary Guards’ overseas operations, responded: “Trump’s language is still the ethics of nightclubs and gambling halls”.

He also said that the Red Sea was not secure while US troops were deployed in the area, Iran’s Arabic-language Al Alam television reported.

“Trump should know that we are nation of martyrdom and that we await him,” Soleimani was quoted as saying.

On Monday, Trump said in a tweet responding to comments from 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!”

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