Major General Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran's elite Quds Forces, warned President Donald Trump on Thursday that a war with Iran would wipe out the president's entire net worth, The Daily Mail reported.
"You know that this war will destroy everything you own," Soleimani said during a speech in the central Iranian city of Hamedan.
Soleimani's threat came four days after Trump's warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before. We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death. Be cautious!” the president tweeted directly to Rouhani Sunday night.
Why did Trump write that tweet?
Hours before Trump's tweet on Sunday, Rouhani cautioned Trump that if he pursued "hostile" U.S. policies against the Tehran, it could lead to “the mother of all wars.," Tasnim News Agency reported.
What's the backstory?
In May, Trump announced plans for the U.S. to withdraw from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and that he would be imposing additional sanctions against Iran.
After Trump's decision, Rouhani warned the U.S. that there would be a "high cost" to pay if it backs out of the agreement, according to Fox News.
What did Soleimani say?
"Trump should know that we are a nation of martyrdom and that we await him," Soleimani continued, according to The Daily Mail.
"We are near you, where you can't even imagine ... Come. We are ready. If you begin the war, we will end the war. You have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.
“As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to your threats ... If you want to use the language of threat ... talk to me, not to the president [Rouhani]. It is not in our president’s dignity to respond to you,” Soleimani said, according to Tasnim.
Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Soleimani's intimidating chatter was nothing more than “empty talk” because Iran was aware of “the strength and might of the U.S. military," Reuters reported.