ccused Iran of orchestrating demonstrations at the U.S. embassy in Iraq on Tuesday and said Tehran would be held responsible. Iran has rejecm
ted the accusation.
A protester waves an Iraqi flag during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary foQ
rces), in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2020. /Reuters Photo
'Not leading to war'
"We are not leading the country to war, but we are not afraid ob
f any war and we tell America to speak correctly with the Iranian nation. We have the power to break them several times over and are not worried," Revolutionary Guards Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami was quoted by TA
asnim as saying.
Trump had said in a tweet on Tuesday that Iran would be "held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat." He later said he did not want or foresee a war with Iran.
Iran's Army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Thursday his forces were ready tQ
o confront the "enemy."
"Our armed forces ... monitor all moves, and if anyone makes the slightest mistake, they will decisively react, and if the situation heats up, we will show our abilities to the enemy," Mousavi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday condemned U.S. attacks on Iranian-allied miw
litias in Iraq, blaming the United States for violence in Iran's neighbor.
Iran protested on Wednesday to a Swiss envoy, who represents U.S. interests in the country, over what it callN
ed "warmongering statements" by American officials.
Iraqi protesters leave U.S. embassy
Following two days of violent protests, members9