TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zonnour condemned “the US regime” for assassinating Major General Qassem Soleimani and said the Islamic Republic will give a crushing response in due time.

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“The Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to respond to this criminal act by the US terrorist regime and will give a decisive response in due time,” Zonnour told Press Shia Agency.

He further emphasized Iran does not act emotionally in response to the American crime, adding “Certainly, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s action will be judicious and decisive … and in a manner that will have the most benefits for the Iranian nation and the most damages to our enemies.”

“Our goal is purely (to take) revenge and we do not intend to wage war,” he said, adding that Iran has never waged any war as it has no interest in war.

General Soleimani, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.

The White House and the Pentagon claimed responsibility for the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.

In a message on Friday morning, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned that harsh revenge awaits the criminals behind the martyrdom of General Soleimani.

Ayatollah Khamenei also reminded all friends and enemies of the Iranian general that the resistance path will continue vigorously, stressing that continued battle and ultimate victory will disappoint the murderers and criminals.