- Top Iran Official Says Revenge Will Be Against Military Site, Not Seeking War
by TOI STAFF and AGENCIES, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
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A senior Iranian military adviser on Sunday said his country will respond to the US targeted killing of top general Qassem Soleimani with military force and will target army installations. But Hossein Dehghan, the military adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, told CNN Iran was not seeking war with the United States.
“The response for sure will be military and against military sites,” Dehghan said, even as he insisted Tehran is not looking to open a broad conflict. “Let me tell you one thing: Our leadership has officially announced that we have never been seeking war and we will not be seeking war,”
“It was America that has started the war,” he continued.”Therefore, they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions. The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted. Afterward they should not seek a new cycle.”
US President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that the US has already “targeted 52 Iranian” sites it is ready to hit immediately if Iran attacks Americans, and noted that some are of cultural importance to the Iranians. Dehghan told CNN that if the US hits cultural sites, it would be considered a declaration of war and the Iranian response would be harsh.