In morning trading on Friday, gold is trading with an increase of more than 1% on news of the death of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani as a result of US air strikes. Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has declared the upcoming "harsh revenge criminals" killed Gen. Soleimani. Later, a similar statement was made by Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami. Investors fear a serious escalation of the conflict between the US and Iran, and are actively buying defensive assets (gold, the Japanese yen, and others.). Some experts do not rule out a direct military confrontation between the two countries.