An Iranian lawmaker offered a US$3 million reward to anyone who killed U.S. President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran's latest standoff with Washington.
Ahmad Hamzeh, a little-known member of parliament, made offered the bounty on behalf of the people of Kerman, the hometown and final resting place of the revered Soleimani, who was killed in an American drone strike in neighbouring Iraq on January 3.
President Trump told Republican donors Friday evening that IRGC Commander Qasem Soleimani, the top Iranian commander that was assassinated on Trump's orders in a drone attack in Baghdad, was "saying bad things" about the U.S. before his death, as follows from an audio of his remarks obtained by CNN. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the senior Iranian commander Trump had killed in a drone strike earlier this month.
Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Wood said the reward is "just ridiculous but it gives you a sense of the terrorist underpinnings of that regime and that regime needs to change its behavior".
Tensions have escalated since Trump in 2018 pulled the United States out of a multilateral 2015 agreement meant to contain Iran's nuclear programme, saying it was flawed, then reimposed heavy USA sanctions on Tehran.
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"If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats ..."
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 U.S. sanctions.
Tehran insists it has never sought nuclear arms and never will, saying its nuclear work is for research and to master the process to generate electricity.
Under the deal, Iran received sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear activities.
Senator Hamzeh said it was his country's "natural right" to have a nuclear program. Iran had vowed "harsh revenge" and fulfilled the promise on Wednesday by launching missiles on USA military base Ain al-Assad in Iraq. In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the country will ditch the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European Union states file a complaint with the UN Security Council over its nuclear commitments.