Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the Islamic republic must become strong enough to ward off the “enemy’s threats” and prevent a war. Arab News reports this with reference to AFP.
“We must become strong so that there will not be a war, become strong so that enemy’s threats will end,” Khamenei told a gathering of air force commanders and staff aired on state television.
“We do not want to threaten anyone... this is to prevent threats, to maintain the country’s security,” he added.
In 2018, the United States unilaterally abandoned a nuclear agreement with Iran and began to impose sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign on the country.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated after a U.S. drone in Baghdad killed Iran’s chief general Qassem Suleimani on January 3.
A few days later, Iran retaliated by firing missiles at American troops stationed in Iraq. Since then, the US diplomatic mission in Baghdad, as well as a number of military bases in Iraq with a contingent in the United States, have undergone rocket attacks.
Earlier Iranian authorities have decided to sue US President Donald Trump due to the assassination of the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qassem Suleimani. The head of the judicial authority of Iran, Seyed Ebrahim Ricey stated this as Fars News agency reports.
"This issue, of course, will be resolved at the headquarters of human rights in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other bodies. We must make the US president the main suspect," Rice said, referring to judicial officials in Tehran.
He noted that the Iranian judiciary will not leave Trump alone and will ensure that the U.S. leader appears before an international tribunal.