>> One of Iran's top military commanders blasting US President Donald Trump Thursday, the latest in escalating war of words between the two powers. Major Genera Qasem Soleimani daring Trump to attack Iran. Come, we are ready. If you begin the war, we will end the war, Soleimani was quoted as saying by a Iranian news service.
You know that this war will destroy all that you possess, he added. Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, said it was his duty to respond to Trump's recent all caps Twitter message to Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, promising unprecedented consequences if Iran threatened the US.
If he wants to use the language of threat, he should talk to me, not to the president, Soleimani said. Soleimani's challenge coming after a week of spiking tensions. Reuters reporting the Trump Administration has launched a broad media campaign to erode support for Tehran's leaders. On Thursday, National Security Advisor, John Bolton, holding a meeting of the National Security Council, focused on Iran.
Reports say the aim is to force Tehran to end its pursuit of nuclear arms, after Trump pulled the US out of the seven nation nuclear agreement, hammered out by former President Barack Obama. The White House also seeking to choke off Iran support for militant groups in the Middle East, where Soleimani plays a key role, backing Iran's allies in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.
A senior Iranian official says neither side wants a military confrontation, but if attacked, Iran will not back down