A video clip threatening to assassinate former President Donald Trump in revenge for the murder of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani has appeared on the website of Iran’s Supreme Leader.
The official website of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is currently characteristics a video clip depicting a detailed targeted assassination of former US President Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
The approximately one-and-a-half-minute clip, titled “Revenge is Certain,” was posted Wednesday on the “Official Site of the Office for the Preservation and Publication of the Works of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei,” and features views close to the former president’s Florida residence as he golfs with others.
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The clip begins with a small remote-controlled unmanned combat vehicle with a mounted camera sneaking into the scene under the surveillance of an Iranian agent from a remote control room.
As the vehicle approaches Trump, it stops and zooms in on its ‘target’, just before the Iranian drone operator raises a note with orders that read: ‘Those who killed [General Qassim] Soleimani and those who gave the orders must pay the price”, and signed by “Imam Ali Khamenei”.
The Iranian agent, who is seated in front of a screen with a picture of Soleimani, then types the following message: “Solemani’s killer and whoever gave the order will pay the price”, which is then sent to golfers.
The device then emits a laser while the shadow of a drone seems to approach the former president. The screen flashes black and then reads “Revenge is final”.
The animation was the work of a winning contestant in a “hero” contest organized by the Khamenei site marking Soleimani’s death in a 2020 US drone strike in Baghdad.
In an accompanying statement, Khamenei says the clip was released “on the eve of the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Haj Qasem Soleimani and the martyrs accompanying him based on Ayatollah Khamenei’s statements about the martyr Soleimani”.
In response to the clip, Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence in President Trump’s cabinet, demanded a “swift and strong response” from the current administration.
“Scandalous,” he said. wrote. “There must be a quick and strong reaction from @jakejsullivan and @JoeBiden.”
“And why is it @Twitter allowing this guy to use his platform? ” he added.
The clip comes as Iran has threatens to assassinate senior US officials involved in the targeted assassination of Soleimani, two years after President Trump ordered the strike on the Iranian general.
In the remarks published by Iranian media, IRGC Quds Force commander Sardar Esmail Qaani vowed revenge for the killing.
“Wherever it is needed, we will provide the basis for revenge against Americans from their homes and by people on their side without us being present,” Qaani said.
Iran recently announcement it was imposing “sanctions” on 52 U.S. officials, which a senior Biden administration official said amounted to a threat of violence.
In response, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned the Islamic regime that the United States would not be threatened.
“Make no mistake about it: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens,” he said on Sunday. “This includes those currently serving in the United States and those who have served previously.”
“We will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any Iranian-led attack,” he added. “Should Iran attack any of our nationals, including any of the 52 people named yesterday, they would suffer serious consequences.”
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