Crying, the supreme leader of Iran prays for the general killed by the United States
TEHERAN: Crying amid the cries of a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, the supreme leader of Iran prayed on Monday for the remains of an Iranian high general killed in a US air strike in Baghdad , an attack that dramatically increased tensions between Tehran and Washington
The assault killing Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem already has seen his replacement vow to take revenge as Tehran has abandoned the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to the slaying. Separately, Iraq's parliament has called for the expulsion of all American troops from Iraqi soil.
The three developments could bring Iran closer to building an atomic bomb, set off a proxy or military attack launched by Tehran against America and enable the Islamic State group to stage a comeback in Iraq, making the Middle East a far more dangerous and unstable place.
In addition to the tensions, President Donald Trump threatened to demand billions of dollars in compensation to Iraq or impose sanctions as they had never seen before if US troops are expelled.
Soleimani's daughter, Zeinab, directly threatened an attack on the U.S. military in the Mideast while speaking to a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Tehran that stretched as far as the eye could see.
The families of American soldiers in the Middle East will spend their days waiting for the deaths of their children, he said among cheers.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, prayed for the coffins of Soleimani and other dead in the attack. Khamenei, who had a close relationship with Soleimani, Khamenei cried at a time during traditional Muslim prayers for the dead. The crowd and others cried.
Ghaani was close to Khamenei's side, as was Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other leaders of the Islamic Republic.
While Iran recently faced nationwide protests over government-established gasoline prices that reportedly killed more than 300 people, the mass processions of Soleimani have seen politicians and leaders from across the political spectrum of the Islamic Republic, temporarily silencing that anger.
Meanwhile, Ghaani made his threat in an interview with Iranian state television broadcast on Monday. Almighty God has promised to take revenge, and God is the main avenger. Certainly measures will be taken, he said.
Ghaani now serves as the head of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard, an expeditionary arm of the paramilitary organization that only responds to Khamenei.
As a longtime deputy of Soleimani, Ghaani has been sanctioned by the US. UU. Since 2012 for his work financing his operations worldwide, including his work with representatives in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.
Those representatives will likely be involved in any operation aimed at the interests of the United States in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.
The US embassy UU. In Saudi Arabia, it has already warned Americans of the increased risk of missile attacks and drones.
In Lebanon, the leader of the Iran-backed militant group, Hezbollah, said the killing of Soleimani caused military bases, warships and members of the US service. UU. Throughout the region they were a fair game for attacks.
A former leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard suggested that the Israeli city of Haifa and others could be attacked if the United States attacks Iran.
We pledge to continue on Soleimani's martyr route as firmly as before, with the help of God, and in exchange for his martyrdom our goal is to get rid of America from the region, Ghaani said.
On the nuclear agreement, Iranian state television quoted a statement from President Hassan Rouhani's administration on Sunday saying the country would not observe the restrictions of the nuclear agreement on fuel enrichment, on the size of its uranium-enriched arsenal and on its research and development activities.
The Islamic Republic of Iran no longer faces limitations in operations, said a state television broadcaster.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson specifically urged Iran to “withdraw all measures” not in line with the 2015 agreement that was intended to stop Tehran from pursuing its atomic weapons program.
Iran insisted that it remains open to negotiations with European partners on its nuclear program. And he did not depart from previous promises that he would not seek a nuclear weapon.
However, the announcement represents the clearest nuclear proliferation threat still made by Iran since Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and again imposed sanctions.
Regional tensions are raised even more, as the entire life of enemy Iran Israel has promised will never allow Iran to produce an atomic bomb.
Iran did not elaborate on what levels it would immediately reach in its program. Tehran has already broken some of the deal's limits as part of a step-by-step pressure campaign to get sanctions relief. It already has increased its production, begun enriching uranium to 5% and restarted enrichment at an underground facility.
While it does not have enriched uranium at 90% weapons grade levels, any forward momentum reduces the estimated break-up time of a year necessary for it to have enough material to build a nuclear weapon if it so decides.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations control agency that observes Iran's program, did not respond to a request for comment.
However, Iran said its cooperation with the IAEA will continue as before.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi previously told reporters that the killing of Soleimani would lead Iranian officials to step further from the nuclear agreement.