Wendy Sherman, Obama’s chief US nuclear negotiator with Iran says she fears “terrible reprisals” could follow the U.S. killing of General Soleimani.
Qasem Soleimani is a ruthless killer. There is no doubt about that. Nobody weeps that he is gone as a person and what he did and the terror he brought about the world but that said, the Obama administration at least to my knowledge did not go after him and target him because we understood what the consequences were.
I pray with all my heart that the Trump administration has a plan and a strategy, but all I’ve seen to date in their policy is one-off actions and this one-off action can have unbelievably horrific consequences.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed vengeance.
Khamenei said in a statement published by Iranian state media that the “cruelest people on earth” assassinated the “honorable” commander who “courageously fought for years against the evils and bandits of the world.”
Khamenei called for three days of mourning.
“His departure to God does not end his path or his mission,” he added in the statement, published by the Fars News Agency. “But a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands.”