May 28, 2022
Spectator illustration Major General Qassem Soleimani,

Iran Rejects U.S “Blood Money”

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General Qassem Soleimani must be avenged Iran says.

A senior officer of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Alireza Tangsiri said on Thursday that under no circumstance will Iran drop avenging General Qassem Soleimani for the lifting of sanctions. General Soleimani was killed in a drone attack in Baghdad in January 2020 on the orders of the former US president Donald Trump.

Iran retaliated by launching dozens of Fateh 110 ballistic missiles at the US base in Baghdad and sanctioned five US officials responsible for the assassination.

“The enemy keeps sending messages that if we give up on avenging Soleimani, they will give us some concessions or lift some sanctions,”  The IRGC Navy commander said.

“This is pure fantasy. The Supreme Leader has emphasized the need for revenge and the Revolutionary Guards’ top commander has said that revenge is inevitable and that we will choose the time and place for it.” he added.

In January in an interview with RT marking the 2nd anniversary of the assassination, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said he wished that the killers of General Qassem Soleimani have to face a proper international trial, calling the slain general a hero of the entire Muslim world for fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

On the second anniversary of Soleimani’s death, Raisi said Iran would exact “revenge” unless those responsible face an international tribunal.

Talks of reviving the JCPOA nuclear deal is stalled. In February a deal was almost reached when Russia said for it to approve the deal she must trade with Iran after sanctions are lifted. Russia received guarantees from the other signatories, then Iran threw in a spanner calling for guarantees that no future US president will abandon the deal like Trump did and removal of the IRGC from sanctions list.

“If they do not want to use these talks to resolve other bilateral issues beyond the JCPOA, then we are confident that we can very quickly reach an understanding on the JCPOA and begin reimplementing the deal,” the State Department spokesperson said in a statement to the media on Thursday. 

The spokesperson added that, regardless of what happens to the JCPOA, the US will “aggressively use… powerful tools” to address what they described as Iran’s “destabilising activities” in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said late last month that Tehran was ready to finalize the deal if the US “acts pragmatically.” 

Source IRNA/Reuters/RT/AP

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