After Donald Trump threatened on the night of Monday to Tuesday to retaliate strongly against any Iranian attack, Tehran warns Washington on Tuesday against a retort in the event of a “new strategic error”. The reason for this meteoric escalation: an investigation by the online newspaper Politico, against a background of decay on the nuclear issue.
According to the news site, which quotes two US officials on condition of anonymity, intelligence services believe the Iranian government is considering an attempt to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, who is close to him. by Donald Trump.
The threat, detected since the spring, has become more precise in recent weeks, according to Politico sources, as Tehran intends to avenge the death of its powerful general Qassem Soleimani, killed in January by an American strike in Iraq on the orders of the American president.
An attack “a thousand times stronger”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he was taking the information “seriously”. The Iranian Foreign Ministry, for its part, considered that it was “false information”, “without foundation”. His spokesperson spoke of “repetitive and nauseating methods to create an anti-Iranian climate on the international scene”.
Donald Trump made more explicit threats on Twitter: “Any attack by Iran, in any form whatsoever, against the United States will be followed by an attack against Iran which will be a thousand times stronger in magnitude! “
“We hope that they will not make another strategic mistake, if they do they will of course face a decisive response from Iran,” Ali Rabii, government spokesman, warned at a conference. television press.
These verbal tensions arise in a context dominated by several hot files. U.S. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo hammered on Tuesday that the United States would prevent Iran from acquiring Russian and Chinese weapons as an international arms embargo targeting Tehran expires on October 18.
“Nothing has been done so far to be able to extend this embargo and therefore the United States has assumed its responsibilities,” he declared on France Inter radio in an allusion to disagreements between Americans and Europeans on this issue. subject.
The situation is also getting worse on the nuclear front. The United States on Monday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to reject Iran’s request to lift the American sanctions reimposed by Donald Trump, calling Tehran’s behavior a “serious threat” to global security.
Washington officials argued that the court, which sits in The Hague, did not have jurisdiction to rule in proceedings initiated by Iran in 2018 after the United States withdrew from the international Iran nuclear deal, which was accompanied by the reestablishment of severe unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.