On Tuesday, Iran’s ISNA News Agency reported that an Iranian lawmaker, Ahmad Hamzeh, has placed a bounty on Donald Trump. Hamzeh says he will pay the reward to “whoever kills Trump.”
The News agency reported that Hamzeh told Iran’s parliament that “on behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump.”
Kerman is the hometown of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who Donald Trump had assassinated in a drone strike.
It appears that this is a personal bounty and that it is in no way supported by the Iranian government.
Trump ordered a drone strike back om Jan. 3 that killed Soleimani and another member of the Iranian military.. The drone fired missiles at a vehicle that Soleimani was in.
Iran retaliated by attacking bases that housed U.S. troops. No one was killed in the attack. Iran and the U.S. agreed to back off and show no further aggression, but tensions are still high. Those tensions will only grow as Iran moves toward advancing its nuclear program, which is a violation of the Iran nuclear deal that was created in 2015. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal back in 2018.
“If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats,” Hamzeh reportedly said. “We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right.”
This is the second bounty put on Trump in the last month.
“We will give a prize of $80 million to whoever brings the head of the person who ordered the killing and terrorism of our big revolutionary hero,” a eulogist at Soleimani’s funeral told mourners. “Anyone who brings the yellow-haired lunatic to us will get $80 million from the Iranian people.”
Robert Wood, the US disarmament ambassador told Reuters that Hamzeh’s comments were “ridiculous.”
“It’s just ridiculous but it gives you a sense of the terrorist underpinnings of that regime and that regime needs to change its behavior,” Wood said.