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Iran’s leader posts Trump-like golfer image on Twitter, vows revenge

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The Twitter account of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Friday, carried the image of a golfer resembling former U.S. President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone.

The post also carried the text of remarks by Ali Khamenei in December, in which he said “Revenge is certain”, vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack.

The post, which comes ahead of the first anniversary of the killing of a top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani, in the attack in Iraq, renews the vow of vengeance.

“Those who ordered the murder of General Soleimani as well as those who carried this out should be punished.

“This revenge will certainly happen at the right time,’’ Khamenei tweeted on Dec. 16, without naming Trump, who had ordered the strike.

Earlier this month, Twitter removed a tweet by Khamenei in which he said U.S. and British-made vaccines were unreliable and may be intended to “contaminate other nations’’.

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The platform said the tweet violated its rules against misinformation.

There was no apparent immediate action by Twitter over the Persian-language tweet on Friday by Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority.

Tensions rapidly grew between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when Trump exited a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme.

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Washington re-imposed sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

Iran called for action and “not just words” shortly after Joe Biden was sworn in as U.S. president on Wednesday.

Biden has said Washington will re-join the nuclear deal if Iran resumes strict compliance.

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