As the world waits to see what happens next in the ongoing and escalating rhetoric between the United States and Iran, on the heels of a drone strike that took out one of the most dangerous men in the world, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian member of parliament took things to a new level over the weekend.
According to Fox News, Iran’s Abolfazl Abutorabi doubled down on a previous statement from an Iranian military commander who said he knows of 35 U.S. targets they could strike. Abutorabi claimed that Iran has the “power” to launch an attack directly on the White House.
“We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time,” Abutorabi reportedly said, according to The Independent.
The Iranian politician called America’s drone strike on Soleimani an “act of war.” “When someone declares war, do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head,” Abutorabi added.
The threat, which is the first known threat in the current situation against a target in the U.S. mainland, comes on the heels of President Donald Trump making sure over the weekend that Iran knows the U.S. is ready to hit them hard and fast, should they strike any U.S. person or asset.
These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2020
Trump tweeted the message that he says will “serve as notification” presumably as a subtle jab at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who criticized the president for not notifying Congress before the strike on Soleimani.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “harsh retaliation” against the United States after the surprise drone strike.
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