Trump’s threats draw Iran’s cultural sites into tensions
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening that if Iran attacks any American assets to retaliate the murder of a top Iranian general,
the U.S. has 52 targets across the Islamic Republic that “WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.
Some are “important to Iran & Iranian culture,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
That vague statement drew immediate anger across Iran.
“I’m not sure when he says cultural sites, does he, for example,
mean our Persepolis?” as the new Alexander (the Great) by Iranians?”
Trump’s threat also raised questions about the legality of such an attack on the heritage of global importance.
Targeting cultural sites is a war crime under the 1954 Hague Convention for the protection of cultural sites.