Iran’s Supreme Leader vows ‘revenge’ over Donald Trump with chilling drone tweet

Donald Trump appears to be targeted by drone strike in a mock-up image shared by Iran's Supreme Leader's Twitter account.

The computer generated image shows an aerial view of a blond man playing golf under the shadow of a drone-shaped aircraft.

It is captioned with "revenge is certain", a vow to hit back after the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Twitter account – followed by 8,000 users – remains unverified by Twitter but is thought to belong to him.

The text quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's earlier sinister promise in December, as the first anniversary of military commander General Qassem Soleimani's death in Iraq nears.

Khamenei tweeted on December 16, without naming Trump, who had ordered the strike: "Those who ordered the murder of General Soleimani as well as those who carried this out should be punished. This revenge will certainly happen at the right time."

Earlier this month, Twitter removed a tweet by Khamenei in which he said US and British-made vaccines were unreliable and may be intended to "contaminate other nations".

The platform said the tweet violated its rules against misinformation. There was no apparent immediate action by Twitter over the Persian-language tweet on Friday by Khamenei, Iran's highest authority.

Tensions rapidly grew between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when Trump exited a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to curb Tehran's nuclear programme.

Washington reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.

Iran called for action and "not just words" shortly after Joe Biden was sworn in as U.S. president on Wednesday.

Biden has said Washington will rejoin the nuclear deal if Iran resumes strict compliance.

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