Tehran, on Tuesday, said it was assessing 13 scenarios to inflict a historic nightmare” on the U.S. for killing General Qassem Soleimani, reported Bloomberg.
“Even if the weakest of these scenarios gain a consensus, its implementation can be a historic nightmare for the Americans,” Ali Shamkhani, the head of Iran’s national security council, was cited by Fars news agency, adding that, “For now, for intelligence reasons, we cannot provide more information to the media.”
Soleimani’s death has rippled through the Middle East, with the U.S. and its allies on high alert for a retaliation attack by Iran.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said Tuesday that the U.S. would suffer consequences for the killing of Soleimani “at a time and place of Iran’s choosing.”
Zarif said the U.S. must leave the Middle East and warned that if they don’t, a new multi-generational war could erupt.
The leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami, told tens of thousands on Tuesday for the burial of Soleimani in the city of Kerman that Iran was ready to “set ablaze those places Americans hold dear” over the killing of the former commander.
Thousands chanted “revenge, revenge,” the IRGC leader responded:
“We will take revenge. The revenge will be vigorous and unwavering, woeful, and terminal.”
“We will surely take revenge, but if America dares takes any action, we will set alight those places Americans hold dear. They know where those places are.”
“We will burn the places they love”
IRGC Commander Hossein Salami reaffirms Iran’s vow to avenge the death of Qasem Soleimani pic.twitter.com/bCqxco1nsL
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) January 7, 2020
President Trump has outlined 52 Iranian sites that U.S. forces would attack if retaliation is seen. The countdown to a retaliation strike by Iran has begun — the world is inching closer to conflict.