The Twitter account of Iran's Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone, vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a USA drone attack.
The post also carried the text of remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in December, in which he said "Revenge is certain", vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a USA drone attack.
The warning referenced Khamenei's remarks last month ahead of the first anniversary of the United States drone strike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
"Revenge is inevitable. Soleimani's killer and the man who gave the orders must face vengeance", it said. Tensions between the two countries also grew in 2018, when Trump exited the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.
The top Republican in the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, urged the Biden administration "to respond quickly and forcefully to this provocative threat against a former president" and called on Twitter to immediately and permanently suspend Khamenei's account.
Iran's military and clerical rulers have said Teheran would choose the time and place of Soleimani's revenge.
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Twitter is banned within Iran, but its officials often used it to insult and troll Trump during his term.
In response to a request for comment from The Associated Press, a Twitter spokesman said the tweet had violated the company's "abusive behaviour policy, and that the account had violated its "manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts", without elaborating". The website included a longer English translation of Khamenei's comments from a year ago.
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Other accounts thought to be tied to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's office remained active.
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