Government officials in Iran, back in January originally offered a $3.0 million dollar reward to “anyone who kills” US President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani.
American disarmament ambassador Robert Wood laughed off the reward as “ridiculous”, telling reporters in Geneva that it showed the “terrorist underpinnings” of Iran’s establishment.
Ahmad Hamzeh, a little-known member of parliament, offered the bounty on behalf of the people of Kerman, the hometown and final resting place of the revered Soleimani, who was killed in an American drone strike in neighboring Iraq on January 3.
“We will give three million dollars to anyone who kills Trump,” Hamzeh, who represents Kahnouj county near the southeastern city of Kerman, was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
He did not say if the idea of a reward had any official backing from Iran’s clerical rulers although in the months since there have been numerous reports of those clerical leaders bolstering the amount with conflicting reports of as high as 70 to 80 million dollars.
No doubt money from some of the 150 billion in cash which was sent to Iran as one of Obama’s last acts. Hamzeh originally offered the money for the US president’s assassination while speaking to the 290-seat parliament, or Majlis.
Hamzeh also said Iran should start producing nuclear weapons and delivery systems to protect itself from the “filthy American dogs”.
“If we had nuclear weapons today we would be protected from these threats … We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right,” he was quoted as saying.
The United States and its Western allies have long accused and proven Iran guilty of seeking nuclear weapons for other than righteous purposes. Tehran insists it has never sought atomic or nuclear arms and never will, saying its nuclear work is for research and to master the process to generate electricity effectively.
Under a 2015 nuclear agreement signed by Iran and other world powers, Tehran received sanctions relief in return for supposedly curbing its nuclear activities.
Since that time, Iran has been caught not conforming with that agreement numerous times.