Iran threatens revenge for Soleimani’s murder if Trump doesn’t stand trial

Iranian hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi has vowed revenge for the murder of Qasem Soleimani in 2020 unless former US President Donald Trump stands trial.

“If Trump and (former Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo are not tried by a fair court for the assassination of General Soleimani, Muslims will take revenge on our martyr,” Raisi said in a televised speech Monday.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei also vowed revenge in a speech on January 1, saying: “Trump and others like him will be forgotten and lost in the trash cans of history, of course after paying for their crimes. in the world “.

Soleimani, who was Iran’s main military and intelligence operator outside its borders, was responsible for supporting and organizing militant proxy forces, including Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite militias who repeatedly attacked US forces . He was killed by a US drone strike at Baghdad airport in January 2020.

Iran is engaged in indirect talks with the United States to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal that Trump abandoned in 2018. Critics say restoring restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program is not enough and that Sanctions are expected to continue until it is willing to limit its ballistic missile program and change its regional policies.

Elna M. Lemons