Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls Missile Strike a ‘Slap in Face’ to the U.S.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed his nation hours after Iran’s foreign minister said the country had attacked American forces with missile strikes. Besides this, on Wednesday, a passenger plane crashed in the Iranian capital, killing all passengers on board. At least 170 people were killed in Tehran, Iran, when a passenger plane crashed.

He further stated that right now what matters is that the presence of America in the region and this should come to an end.  Iran says it did not seek out war after launching above a dozen missiles at bases housing Americans. The supreme leader of Iran called this missile strike a ‘slap in the face’ to the U.S.

After the news of attacks, oil prices may rise too.

Iranians holding images of Major General-Qassem Soleimani celebrated in Tehran after Iran launched air missiles at American troops in Iraq. Iran said on Wednesday it had launched its attacks on American forces in Iraq and did not seek escalation or war after shooting more than twenty ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American forces are stationed.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had made the remarks in a tweet after Iran launched the attacks in response to the killing of Iranian Commander- Qassem Soleimani, a leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Senior Iraqi defense officials who work with the United States command said that no Americans or Iraqis had been killed in the missile attacks. However, American officials did not confirm if there were any casualties or not.

Britain, Sweden, Poland, Australia, and Denmark, whose troops are positioned in Iraq together with American forces, also said none of their service members had been killed. General Soleimani was assassinated on Friday in Baghdad in a drone strike ordered by U.S. President Trump. American officials stated that the general who led the guard’s foreign expeditionary Quds Force was planning attacks on American interests.

Mr. Zarif also said that Iran took and launched strikes proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens and senior officials. He further added that Iran does not seek escalation or war but it will defend itself against any aggression.

President Trump suggested that damages and fatalities sustained by American forces were minimal in his tweet. He also said that the assessment of the attacks was ongoing. “All is well!” he tweeted.


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