Ahmad Hamzeh announced the reward in front of Iran’s 290-seat parliament today. He told fellow MPs: “On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump.” Mr Hamzeh did not say if the reward had any official backing from Iran’s clerical rulers.
The city of Kerman, in the province south of the capital, was the hometown of Qassem Soleimani, a prominent Iranian commander whose killing in a drone strike ordered by Mr Trump on January 3 sparked fears of all-out conflict in the Middle East.
In a sabre-rattling speech, Mr Hamzeh said Gen Soleimani would be more dangerous to the US in death than he was in life as Iran seeks to avenge his killing.
And he rejected Mr Trump’s claim the military chief was targeted in a “preventative strike” because he was plotting to kill Americans.
Mr Hamzeh said: “Will your embassies in the region be safe? If your embassies are plotting to kill our innocent people, are we allowed to destroy them?
“Are your military bases and centers in the region for benevolence or to harm nations? Are we allowed to destroy all your bases in a preventive attack?”
Mr Hamzeh went on to call for the production of long-range nuclear weapons to deter the US.
He said: “If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats.
“We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right.”
Tensions between the two sides have soared since Mr Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions.
The stand-off erupted into tit-for-tat military strikes this month when the US military killed Gen Soleimani in a targeted drone strike as he was driven from Baghdad airport and Iran responded with a missile attack on an Iraqi airbases used by US forces.
Washington and and its Western allies have long accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons but Tehran insists it has never tried to develop nuclear arms and never will, claiming its nuclear work is for research and energy production.
The 2015 nuclear agreement as a whole was designed to increase the time Iran would need to obtain enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb if it wanted one – the main obstacle to producing a nuclear weapon – from around two or three months.
Under the deal, Iran received…
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