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Iranian General to Trump: You Talkin' To Me?

'We are ready to confront you,' says Revolutionary Guard leader Soleimani
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2018 7:36 AM CDT
Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, in a file photo.   (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhan says he sees no need to respond to any "nonsensical" threat from President Trump. The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is not so restrained. "As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to Trump’s threats," says Gen. Qassem Soleimani, per Reuters. "If he wants to use the language of threat, he should talk to me, not to the president." His message to Trump, then: "We are ready to confront you," reports the AP.

"Trump should know that we are nation of martyrdom and that we await him," Soleimani was quoted as saying by website yjc.ir, which is affiliated with state TV. He also scoffed that Trump has the "language of night clubs and gambling halls." Trump's initial all-caps threat that Iran would suffer unprecedented consequences if it threatened the US was followed days later by his suggestion of talks. "We'll see what happens, but we're ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration which was a disaster," he told a crowd in Missouri, reports Politico.

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