It will be a 'war crime' if US attacks Iran's cultural sites: Foreign minister Zarif

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 05, 2020, 02.33 PM(IST) Edited By: Abhilash Mahajan

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (File photo) Photograph:( Reuters )

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The comments came after Trump tweeted early on Sunday where he warned Iran that US would target Iran's 52 sites if they killed any American. 

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Trump's warnings on Sunday in a tweet, saying that targetting country's cultural sites would be a "war crime". 

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The comments came after Trump tweeted early on Sunday where he warned Iran that US would target Iran's 52 sites if they killed any American. 

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Iran "will be hit very fast and very hard," Trump said in a tweet. 

The tensions between Iran and the US rose after the killing of Soleimani, former chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force. Concerns of war were also raised after the US drone strike that killed Soleimani and Iraq's paramilitary chief. 

Iran's army chief General Abdolrahim Mousavi also said on Sunday that US lacked the "courage" to initiate a conflict. 

"I doubt they have the courage to initiate," Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said, reported by state news agency IRNA. 

Earlier today, thousands of mourners cried, beat their chests as they paid respect to Soleimani after his last remains reached Iran.

In the southwestern city of Ahvaz, men and women shouted "Death to America" and carried portraits of the commander.

It is expected that the last remains of Soleimani, who was much-revered in the region will reach Iraqi capital Tehran in the evening. The funeral fo former commander will be done in his hometown Kerman on Tuesday. 

Earlier, Iran's supreme commander Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed of "severe revenge" after the killing of former commander.