General Hossein Salami’s remarks on Saturday came after a US publication claimed that Iran planned to assassinate the American ambassador to South Africa in retaliation, prompting both Tehran and Johannesburg to dismiss the allegation.
“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,” Gen. Soleimani said at the joint morning ceremony of the General Staff of the IRGC.
But “we will be targeting those who were directly or indirectly involved in the martyrdom of the great general Haj Qassem Soleimani,” he said.
“Do you think we will kill a female ambassador to South Africa in exchange for the blood of our martyr brother?" Gen. Salami added.
A flimsy US report on the Politico, quoting unnamed officials, claimed this week that Iran had sought to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks in retaliation for the January assassination of the top Iranian anti-terror commander.
The Iranian foreign ministry vehemently denied the "malicious and baseless” report, saying it was part of "hackneyed and outworn methods to create an Iranophobic atmosphere.”
South Africa's State Security Agency said on Friday it had found no evidence to support US media claims that Iran was allegedly planning to assassinate Marks.
The announcement came after South African Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor said her country was “as surprised as its Iranian friends” by the "bizarre" American report.