Iran’s Suleimani threatens Trump: ‘The Red Sea is no longer secure’

Commander of Quds Force, General Qassem Suleimani. (File photo: AFP)

In another round of threatening statements by the Iranian regime, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force Qassem Suleimani has issued a direct threat to the United States President Donald Trump, adding new fuel to weeks of tension between Iran and the US.

In a speech broadcast by Iran’s al-Alam channel, Suleimani threatened Trump by saying that “The Red Sea is no longer secure”.

“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic,” Soleimani said in a speech, as reported by al-Alam in Arabic. “You know our power in the region and our capabilities in asymmetric war. We will act and we will work,” he said.

This is believed to be related to Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militias’ attack on two Saudi oil tankers on Thursday, which temporarily halted all oil shipments through the strategic Red Sea shipping lane of Bab al-Mandeb.

Maritime threat

The new development is believed to be an Iranian involvement in threatening the maritime movement by encouraging the Houthis to attack oil tankers in the Red Sea, which is considered one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers.

Suleimani also praised statements made by Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani when he threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz incase Iranian oil shipments are blocked. Suleimani threatened saying: “we have many other straits and Hormuz is one of them.”

The Quds commander added: “You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic,” Suleimani said.

This latest flare in words comes in the heels of a tweet by US president Trump on Monday warning the Iranian president using cap letters: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”

(With Reuters)

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