Amid escalating tension between Iran and US, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned not to threaten the Iranian nation.
In response to the series of tweets by the US President Donald Trump threatening Iran with retaliatory action and targeting of 52 sites, the Iranian President took to twitter to remind him of the number 290 as well.
President Rouhani by number 290 was referring to Iran Air flight 655, flight of an Iranian airliner that was shot down by the missile cruiser USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz, killing all 290 people on board. The passenger plane was in Iranian airspace.
After the assassination of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, Mr Trump wrote in a series of tweets that if Iran makes a move to avenge the assassination of Soleimani, the United States will target 52 Iranian sites.