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Lt. General Soleimani’s assassination was strategic mistake made by US: Iran deputy FM

The assassination of Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was a strategic mistake made by the White House that will lead to geopolitical consequences, a senior Iranian diplomat says.

According to Press TV, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday “The terror attack on Lt. General Soleimani was a strategic mistake by the US, which led to a major turning point in West Asia and the Persian Gulf that will have geopolitical consequences.”

Referring to Iranian missile strikes on a major US base in Iraq, he said “Now the region’s history can be divided into before and after this incident, particularly after Iran’s strong blow that made a change in the strategic equations in the region and power arrangement between Iran and the US.”

Araqchi warned those who were happy with the Iranian commander’s martyrdom that his loss has only boosted the power of the resistance front and helped promote its goals.

The Iranian diplomat emphasized that after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) gave a retaliatory response to the United States, Washington “was not able to respond and the biggest change in regional equation” after Lt. Gen. Soleimani’s assassination took place.

He pointed out “The outcome of this issue was [a new] strategic balance and strategic deterrence between Iran and the US, which is not a simple matter.”

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the assassination of the top Iranian commander disgraced the US as it had to own up to the “terrorist” action and see its image dealt a blow by Iran’s retaliation.

“The day the missiles of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps crushed the US base is one of the days of God. The Guards’ response was a major blow to America’s fearsome superpower image,” the Leader told a huge crowd in Tehran on Friday.