Iran's army says the United States lacks courage for the conflict after Trump's threat

TEHRAN: The head of the Iranian army said Sunday that Washington lacked the courage to start a conflict after US President Donald threatened to hit dozens of targets within the Islamic republic.

I doubt they have the courage to start a conflict in which the Americans threatened to attack 52 targets, said Abdolrahim Mousavi, quoted by the state IRNA news agency.

Trump warned Saturday night that the United States would hit Iran harder than ever if it retaliates for the assassination of the commander of the foreign operations arm of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard.

Soleimani died Friday in a US drone attack near the Baghdad international airport ordered by Trump, who accused the general of planning an imminent attack against US diplomats and troops in Iraq.

Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran attacks any American, or US assets, we have ... targeted 52 Iranian sites ... some of very high level and important to Iran and Iranian culture, Trump tweeted.

The objectives WILL BE VERY QUICK AND VERY HARD HITS. The United States does not want more threats! he added.

But the head of the Iranian army dismissed the threats as an attempt to distract global opinion from the heinous and unjustifiable act they have committed.