Iran marks 1st anniversary of Soleimani's killing

People in Iran have remembered the country's top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed a year ago by a US airstrike in Iraq.

A ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of his death was held on Saturday at a cemetery in the province of Kerman in southeastern Iran, where Soleimani was from.

Mohsen Rezaee, a former commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, told reporters after the ceremony that the country will never forgive America for its actions. He added that its revenge will be to drive US troops from the Middle East.

However, while there is deep-rooted distrust of the US among the Iranian people, some are calling for improved relations and the lifting of US sanctions in the face of a grim economic situation.

The focus is on how the bilateral relationship will change after US President-elect Joe Biden takes office later this month. Biden has expressed his intention to return to the Iran nuclear deal.