Following the recent exchanges between the United States and Iran which culminated in the attack on the Iraqi embassy earlier this week, tensions have been escalating between the two countries. News is now emerging that a top Iranian general was killed by a US drone strike while he was stationed in Baghdad.
Major General Qasem Soleimani was regarded as one of the most powerful figures in the Iranian military, so this drone strike will come as a blow to Iran’s military might. President Trump said about the general that he was, “directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a warning that there will be “revenge” for the strike which took out General Soleimani.
Trump Signs Sanctions Against Iran On Heels of Drone Attack
President Trump signed new sanctions against Iran’s leading terrorist and declared that the regime may not obtain a nuclear weapon.
Standing next to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump stated, “We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran. Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.”
“I’ll be signing an executive order imposing hard hitting sanctions on the Supreme Leader of Iran and the office of the Supreme Leader of Iran and many others. Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down of U.S. drones,” he continued.
When he was asked if the sanctions came on the heels of the Iran’s attack of drones he explained, “you could probably add that into this…This was something that was going to happen anyway.”
President Trump maintained that the U.S. was showing restraint after Iran shot down a U.S. Navy surveillance drone over international waters and that this was a warning.
“We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country. I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us and that doesn’t mean we’re going to show it in the future,” he continued.