“If you hit, you get hit back”: Iran’s Supreme Leader after strikes on US targets in Iraq

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Rouhani announced his nation would begin working with advanced IR-9 centrifuges. It's unclear what those centrifuges can do, though Iran has a host of advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium more rapidly than those allowed under the accord. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

TEHRAN, Jan 8, 2020, CNN. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “this region does not accept [the] US presence” in a televised address to the nation Wednesday in Qom following the strikes on US targets in Iraq, CNN reported.

Speaking in front of a packed hall, Khamenei praised killed General Qasem Soleimani, calling him “brave” adding, he “had no fear.” Many in the audience were seen weeping and chanting angrily throughout his speech.

Khamenei said that Soleimani’s death means “a revolution is alive.”

The Supreme Leader also warned the US against further attacks: “If you hit, you get hit back.”

He added: “They know this. They know that if they get themselves involved in a confrontation with us and get entangled in a military way, they will get their feet trapped. They might harm us, but they will harm themselves many times more, and they realize that.”

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