During a speech to his Islamic nation’s cabinet, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that President Donald Trump would be dead “in a few days.”
Rouhani’s speech took place on Wednesday as the first anniversary of killing a general in his country’s military approached. Parts of his speech were posted in English on the Iranian presidential website, where he called the General Qasem Soleimani a “martyr” and “moderate leader with tact.”
Soleimani was the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, killed in a targeted drone strike approved by President Trump on January 3, 2020. The Quds Force, which Soleimani was part of, is described by military specialists as an unconventional war and clandestine operations unit.
The US Department of Defense reportedly blamed Soleimani for hundreds of deaths and injuries to Americans. He was alleged to have been killed while in neighboring Iraq while ”actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Aside from Trump, Rouhani also referred to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as another “main perpetrator of this crime.”
One of the effects of this stupid and disgraceful act was that Trumpism ended, and in a few days, the life of this criminal will end. He will go to the dustbin of history, and we are pleased about this. We believe that the period after Trump will be a better condition for regional and global stability,” Rouhani said.
Tensions between the two countries have intensified as Soleimani’s death anniversary nears. His successor has vowed vengeance, while the US has flown B-52s over the region as a show of might and a warning.
Aside from those, there have been other visible signs of tension between the two. On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarf accused President Trump of attempting to fabricate any pretext to attack Iran. He said that if the US indeed attacked, Tehran would defend itself forcefully.
On the same day, the Pentagon announced that the Nimitz aircraft carrier would be heading back to its homeport. Washington has also been blaming Iran-backed militia for regular rocket attacks on US facilities in Iraq, but no known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility for the acts.