The Iranian Foreign Ministry denied what was reported by the American “Washington Times” newspaper that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had threatened his outgoing US counterpart, Donald Trump, with assassination and death.
“The assassination of foreign leaders is an American-Israeli brand, not Iranian,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, in a tweet on Twitter.
Khatibzadeh called on the “Washington Times” newspaper to be “more mature than publishing false news hostile to Iran,” adding that “the audience of this newspaper deserves better content.”
Last Wednesday, the American newspaper quoted Rouhani as saying during a meeting of his government that “President Trump will die soon,” promising “bloody revenge for the killing of Qassem Soleimani,” and that “one of the effects of this stupid and shameful act is that Trump is finished.”
It is noteworthy that Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority, and eight of their comrades were killed on January 3, 2020, by an American air strike on the Baghdad International Airport road.