The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, IRGC, General Hossein Salami, has responded with a counter-threat to U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook who said if Iran’s new Qods (Quds) Force Commander follows the same path of killing Americans, he will face the fate of his predecessor.
Former Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Baghdad on January 3 and subsequently, Brigadier General Esmail Qaani has been appointed as his successor.
Salami said in a 27 January interview with the IRGC’s Sepah News website, “Those who have threatened our commanders with assassination, will have to regret what they said, if they remain alive.”
Salami further warned: “Let U.S., the Israelis and others know that none of their commanders will be safe if they threaten Iranian commanders to assassination.”
He said “Our enemies have seen part of the consequences of the assassination of General Soleimani and have realized that they will have to face constant pounding responses if they do such moves once again.”
Salami said that Iran’s response will be “different from the past” and will come “in a larger scale,” adding that “They will face a new situation they cannot control. So, we warn them to withdraw” from this stance.
He said the reason why Americans make such threats is that they find themselves incapable in other arenas. “They resort to assassination when they fail in other areas. For instance, when they failed in their attempts to deprive Iran from nuclear technology, they assassinated our nuclear scientists,” Sepah News quoted him as saying.
Hook made his comment in a 23 January interview with London-based Asharq Al-Awsat on the sidelines of Davos Conference. The interview was published on 25 January.
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