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Iranian MP Offers $3 Million Reward for ‘Whoever Kills Trump’

Iranian MP Offers $3 Million Reward for ‘Whoever Kills Trump’

Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 11:45
President Donald Trump gestures to the audience at the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 19, 2020. (Reuters)
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An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million (2.3 million pounds) reward to anyone who killed US President Donald Trump, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran’s latest standoff with Washington.

Tensions have steadily escalated since Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions. The standoff erupted into tit-for-tat military strikes this month.

“On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump,” lawmaker Ahmad Hamzeh told the 290-seat parliament, ISNA reported.

He did not say if the idea of a reward had any official backing from Iran’s clerical rulers.

The city of Kerman, in the province south of the capital, is the hometown of Qassem Soleimani, a prominent Iranian commander whose killing in a drone strike ordered by Trump on Jan. 3 in Baghdad prompted Iran to fire missiles at US targets in Iraq.

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