Trump says U.S. will hit 52 Iranian sites if Iran attacks U.S. targets

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States has targeted 52 Iranian sites that it would strike if Iran attacks any Americans or any U.S. assets in response to Friday’s U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

Trump wrote on Twitter that Iran “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in response to Soleimani’s death. Trump said the United States has “targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”

“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran after being seized at the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Will Dunham)