US state terrorism starts end of its presence in region: Iran deputy FM
A senior Iranian diplomat has lashed out at some White House "hawks" for still insisting on its failed maximum pressure campaign against Iran, saying Washington’s assassination of Iranian “heroes” through state terrorism will end the US’s presence in the region.
According to Press TV, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said in a post on his Twitter account on Saturday "Assassination of our heroes through US state terrorism started the end of US presence in region."
On January 3, the United States assassinated Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), among others, in an air raid on an airport in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Lt. General Soleimani has earned reputation as West Asia’s most revered anti-terror commander due to his indispensable contribution to defeating terrorist outfits such as Daesh across the region.
The strike also led to the martyrdom of Second-in-Command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis along with eight other Iranians and Iraqis.
In retaliation, the IRGC fired volleys of ballistic missiles on January 8 at Ain al-Assad Airbase in the Western Iraqi Province of Anbar, which housed US forces.
Elsewhere in his tweet, Araqchi described the US maximum pressure policy as a clear "big failure" and added, "WH hawks -- understand nothing about Iran -- still insist!"
He then pointed to a new US threat to assassinate the successor of Lt. General Soleimani and said, "Now juniors in DoS-too blind to see mass demonstrations-threaten another General!"
US special representative for Iran Brian Hook has threatened the Islamic Republic with yet another act of state terrorism, saying Washington will assassinate the successor of the late IRGC commander as well if he follows in the path of the martyred general.
“If (Esmail) Qaani follows the same path of killing Americans then he will meet the same fate,” Hook said.
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday that the US threat to assassinate the new commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force is in fact an official publicizing of state terrorism.
"The remarks by this State Department official are an official publicizing and blatant unveiling of targeted and state terrorism by the United States," the Iranian spokesperson added.