The commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Esmail Ghaani says: “You need to know that even from your home there may be people willing to respond to this crime”.
The threat is a direct reference to possible acts of terrorism on US soil and the US is scrambling in its response.
The Pentagon reversed a decision to bring the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz home from the Persian Gulf.
The US has sent a guided missile submarine to the Persian Gulf and has also flown heavy B-52 bombers over the region.
While the US is gearing for change at the White House, the Iranians are multiplying their threats of revenge for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.
In a speech delivered on Friday 1 January at a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of Soleimani’s death, Ghaani said that “everywhere in the world you could find a man” who is willing to “punish those responsible”.
The head of the judiciary in Iran, Ibrahim Raisi says, “They will not be safe anywhere in the world,” adding, “Even Trump himself cannot escape punishment”.
Iran has not hidden its desire to target specific people responsible for the death of the Iranian general.
High on their list of targets is President Donald Trump, who took responsibility for making the decision, and other senior US officials.
This could include military officials too.
BEFORE JANUARY 20?
The multiplication of Iran’s threat to hit the U.S. or its officials is perhaps linked to the January 20 take over of the White House by President Joe Biden.
A public ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Could the Iranian target this ceremony? Are they after the people in the Trump administration only?
There is no way to tell but something is certain: The Iranians have not forgotten the killing of Suleimani.