An Iranian official put a bounty out for Donald Trump’s head — but the United States isn’t taking it seriously.
A member of Iran’s parliament said he would give $3 million to anyone who kills the American president as revenge for Trump’s drone killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, The Hill reported Tuesday. However, it looks like Iran is just chanting “death to America” as always.
A bounty on Trump’s head
According to The Hill, the parliamentarian who made the threat, Ahmad Hamzeh, represents the province where Soleimani’s hometown is located, Kerman Province. He announced the bounty to the parliament Tuesday in a speech, Reuters reported.
“On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump,” Hamzeh said, according to the Iranian ISNA news agency.
The U.S. killed Soleimani in a drone strike outside Baghdad’s airport in January. The strike drastically increased tensions in the region, and Iran responded with missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing American troops after several days of crisis.
The strikes resulted in no casualties, and America and Iran have since pulled back from the brink of open war. But Iran has continued to lob rhetorical threats at the United States, which it calls “the Great Satan,” and the regime has pulled further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. since the strike.
Iran strays from nuclear deal
That Obama-era deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for a commitment to denuclearize, but President Trump withdrew from it in 2018, fulfilling a campaign promise, and slapped sanctions on the regime. Supporters of Trump’s approach have long said that Iran is a rogue nation that is not open to diplomacy.
As Iran strays further from the deal and its limits on uranium, and threatens to leave the Cold War-era Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Britain, Germany, and France have sparked a process to begin re-imposing sanctions. For his part, Hamzeh reportedly said that the regime should have nuclear weapons to protect itself and that it ought to begin producing long-range missiles.
“If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats,” Hamzeh said Tuesday, according to Fox News. “We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda… This is our natural right.”
America brushes off threat
Meanwhile, Iran has continued to make outlandish threats, including with a disturbing propaganda video that depicts the assassination of Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The video, circulated by Iran’s FarsNews Agency, shows insurgents blowing up the White House.
But America isn’t taking the rhetorical bombast seriously, so to speak. U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood called the bounty threat against Trump “ridiculous,” according to The Hill, and said it exemplifies “a sense of the terrorist underpinnings of that regime and that regime needs to change its behavior.”
Europe is worried, though, that Iran will venture closer to developing nuclear weapons, and Wood said that Iran pulling out of the NPT would send a “very, very negative” message, The Hill reported.