Iran will face severe consequences if it attacks Americans, the White House said on Sunday, a day after the ayatollah regime sanctioned dozens of US citizens over the 2020 drone attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, then-Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force commander.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Iran’s sanctions on Saturday came as Tehran’s proxy militias continue to attack American troops in the Middle East.
“We will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks carried out by Iran,” Sullivan said in a statement. “Should Iran attack any of our nationals, including any of the 52 people named yesterday, it will face severe consequences.”
“On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.” Ez. 39:4 NIV
Iran on Saturday imposed sanctions on dozens more Americans, many of them from the US military, over the 2020 killing of Soleimani. Iran’s Foreign Ministry said 51 Americans had been targeted for what it called “terrorism” and human rights violations. The step lets Iranian authorities seize any assets they hold in Iran, but the apparent absence of such assets means it will likely be symbolic.
It was not clear why Sullivan’s statement referred to 52 people when Tehran said it had sanctioned 51. Iran’s sanctions included US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It also included former White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
Soleimani’s role at the helm of the Qods Force meant that he led the overseas arm of the elite Revolutionary Guard, essentially spreading terrorism and other forms of destabilizing activity across the region. He was killed in Iraq in a drone strike on Jan. 3, 2020, ordered by then-President Donald Trump.
A year ago, Iran imposed sanctions on Trump and several senior US officials.
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