Addressing an online meeting with Defense Ministry officials on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week on Tuesday, Hatami underlined that Iran reserves the right to avenge General Soleimani’s assassination, IRNA reported.
The US assassinated General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions by targeting their vehicle outside the Baghdad International Airport on January 3.
The cowardly act of terror was carried out under the direction of President Donald Trump, with the Pentagon taking responsibility for the strike.
The commander-in-chief of the IRGC, General Hossein Salami, also said on Saturday that Iran will definitely avenge the assassination, but it will only target those who are either directly or indirectly involved in the murder, according to Press TV.
“Our promise of avenging the martyrdom of General Soleimani is definite, serious and real. Mr. Trump, do not doubt our revenge, because it is quite definite and serious,” Salami said at a joint morning ceremony of the General Staff of the IRGC.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Iran’s defense minister said the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 Sacred Defense against an invasion by a Western-backed Iraq has resulted in "valuable" achievements.
“Iran is in a position in the fields of science, politics, and particularly defense that despite the cruel threats by the hegemonic system, it can discover and thwart any threat at its starting point even outside the borders,” Hatami said.
Hatami further noted that Iran has turned into an influential power in the international arena due to resistance of the nation.
“In addition to defense and political sectors, the Islamic Republic has made valuable achievements in the fields of designing and manufacturing [different products] despite all restrictions and unilateral sanctions.”
Iran has an inalienable right to have contacts with the international community, the defense chief said. “While we will not overlook our right, we should make more efforts to turn restrictions into opportunities.”