İrem UZUN -TDO- Ahmad Hamzeh, the MP for Kahnuj city in Kerman province, has announced a 3 million dollar reward to "whoever kills Trump," ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran's latest standoff with Washington. Kerman being the hometown of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Quds Force who was killed by a U.S. drone on January 3 in Iraq. "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.
Tensions have steadily escalated since Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions. The standoff erupted into tit-for-tat military strikes this month. In his speech, Iranian MP has also emphasized the importance of possessing nuclear weapons for Iran. "If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats ... We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right," he was quoted as saying by ISNA.
U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood dismissed the reward as "ridiculous", telling reporters in Geneva it showed the "terrorist underpinnings" of Iran's establishment. Wood said Iran's threat to quit the treaty, the foundation of global nuclear arms control since the Cold War, would send a "very, very negative message".