Iran’s supreme leader told Iraq’s visiting premier on Tuesday that Tehran will exact revenge from the US over the killing of a top general earlier this year, but said his country will not interfere in Baghdad’s relations with Washington
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi of Iraq met Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital during his first trip abroad since taking office.
Kamenei warned that the US presence next door to the Islamic Republic was a cause of insecurity and pointed to the US killing of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani in a January drone strike in Baghdad, after which parliament voted to expel US troops.
“They killed your guest in your house and blatantly confessed to it,” the Iranian leader said, according to his official website.
Iran “will never forget this and will certainly deal a reciprocal blow to the Americans,” Khamenei said.
Iran retaliated for Soleimani’s death days after by firing a volley of missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq, but US President Donald Trump opted against responding militarily.
While the attack on the western Iraqi base of Ain al-Asad left no US soldiers dead, dozens suffered brain trauma.
“Iran will not interfere in Iraq’s relations with America but expects Iraqi friends to know America and realize that their presence in any country causes corruption, ruin and destruction,” Khamenei said