Iranian leaders vow revenge for blasts, but don’t name Israel

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is vowing a “harsh response” after twin blasts that killed at least 103 people at the tomb of slain general Qassem Soleimani, but Tehran pointedly appears to avoid blaming Israel for the attacks.

“The evil and criminal enemies of the Iranian nation once again created a disaster and martyred a large number of dear people in Kerman,” says Khamenei in a statement.

“This disaster will have a harsh response, God willing.”

Iranian President Esmail Raisi vows that “the perpetrators of this cowardly act will soon be identified and punished for their heinous act.”

Esmail Qaani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, praises Soleimani for his support of “Palestinian resistance,” but also does not explicitly blame Israel, according to comments carried by Iranian state media.

 

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