The account, @KhameneiSite, this week posted an animated video showing an unmanned aircraft targeting Trump, who ordered a drone strike outside Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020 that assassinated Gen. Soleimani, the then commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutuion Guards Corps (IRGC).
The video, titled ‘Revenge is Definite’, shows a robot and a drone targeting Trump. It was also posted on the Leader’s official website khamenei.ir.
"The account referenced has been permanently suspended for violating our ban evasion policy," a Twitter spokesperson told AFP.
Several media outlets interpreted the move to be triggered by the video. While Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's main Twitter accounts in various languages remain active, there has been a precedent to the move in which another similar account was suspended last year by the social media giant over a post also appearing to reference revenge against Trump.
In its selective approach to banning violent contents, however, the platform failed to take action against many accounts who celebrated the actual assassination two years ago, which was carried out in violation of international laws.
Five days after the US targeted killing, the IRGC fired a volley of ballistic missiles at American forces based in Iraq. Ayatollah Khamenei described the strike “only a slap” in the face of the US, promising “harsh revenge” for the assassination.
On January 1, ahead of the second anniversary of the strike, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Gen. Soleimani’s assassins, including Trump and his associates, “will be lost in the dustbin of history, of course, after paying the price for their worldly crime".
Two days later, President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi vowed revenge unless Trump, his secretary of state Mike Pompeo and others involved in the assassination were put on trial.
Use this QR code to watch the video on the website of Iran’s Leader.