President Trump threatens sanctions and warns Iran of major retaliation

President Trump threatens sanctions and warns Iran of major retaliation moves

President Trump has said there will be “major retaliation” Sunday if Iran makes steps to retaliate the killing of their key respected military commander and warned of heavy economic sanctions against ally Iraq if they expels US troops in their country.

These threats from Trump came as Iran said they will further reduce agreement with a tattered international nuclear accord, ending limitations on numbers of centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

The latest development to the accord, was to ensure Iran did not develop a nuclear weapon under cover of its nuclear industry, worsen the regional crisis set off by the killing on Friday of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

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President Trump gave the order for a US drone to fire a missile at Soleimani, who is one of the most vital military person in Iran’s government, when he was close to the Iraqi capital’s international airport.

Angry mourners were seen on the streets of Iran’s second city Mashhad on Sunday to pay last respects to the remains of Soleimani and chant “death to America.”

Trump still warned Iran against any act of retaliation repeating his that US bombing targets could include Iran’s cultural heritage sites. Critics say that would be a war crime under international law.

There will be major retaliation, if they do anything, Trump tells reporters on Air Force One, as he flew back to Washington and a looming Senate impeachment trial from vacation in Florida.

He threatened already bombing of 52 unspecified targets in Iran if Tehran attacks US troops and interests in the region.

Trump was adamant his recent talks that targets might include places of cultural significance in a country boasting an ancient heritage and two dozen UNESCO-listed sites.

Trump said “They’re allowed to kill our people,”. “They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. Use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we are not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way.”

The condition in neighboring Iraq, a US ally, also deteriorated, with the future of some 5,200 American soldiers there in doubt.

Majority of Iraqis have said their outrage over the killing of Soleimani, who masterminded deep Iranian influence in the country. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who also was a top Iraqi military figure was killed in the same US strike.

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