US President Donald Trump said Monday that Iran could be planning an attack on the United States and he threatened an aggression “a thousand times” stronger towards the Persian country if that happens.
In two tweets late on Monday, Trump appeared to react to an information published this Saturday by Politico magazine, which cited US intelligence sources and stated that the Iranian government raises assassination of US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks.
“According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the murder of the terrorist leader (Qasem) Soleimaní,” Trump wrote.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will result in an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!”
According to the Politico article, the alleged Iranian plan to assassinate Marks would be in retaliation for the death of the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimaní, occurred in a US bombing last January.
Trump again defended his decision to finish off Soleimaní, stating that “he planned a future attack in which he was going to assassinate US troops”, in addition to holding him responsible for “deaths and suffering for many years” as commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard.
That US operation sparked tensions between Washington and Tehran at the beginning of the year, and in July, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamjani, warned that the US still has a harsher revenge for having killed that general.
However, the Iranian government has flatly rejected the rumors that he plans to assassinate the US ambassador and has linked them to an attempt by the Donald Trump Administration to allegedly tarnish Iran’s image.
The South African government said Monday that it takes note of the information that points to an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the United States ambassador, and assured that the matter is “receiving the necessary attention” to guarantee her safety.