President Donald Trump on Saturday issued a volley of new threats against Iran, warning via Twitter that if the nation engages in any counter-strikes on American targets, the United States will target a number of "very high level" sites in Iran, including cultural sites.
Trump tweeted that the US has pinpointed 52 Iranian sites "representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago." Iran seized 66 Americans during the hostage crisis in 1979, ultimately holding 52 of them for more than a year.
Trump warned that the targets were "at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture."
He continued: "Those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!"
On Friday, an Iranian commander had threatened counter-strikes against the United States, saying Iran had identified 35 potential targets within striking distance, including American ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Sea of Oman, and the Persian Gulf.