The president of the USA, Donald Trump, said Iran could be planning an attack against the United States and threatened a “thousand times” stronger aggression towards the Persian country if that happens.
In two tweets late on Monday, Trump appeared to react to information published this Saturday by the magazine. Politico, who cited US intelligence sources and stated that the Iranian government is considering assassinating the 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 assassination 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 which will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude! “he added.
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, which occurred in a US bombing last January.
Donald Trump defended again this Monday 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 the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamjani, warned that the US still awaits a harsher revenge for having killed. to that general.
However, the Iranian government has roundly rejected rumors that it 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 on Monday that it takes note of the information pointing 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.
South Africa, which maintains good ties with the Persian state, ratified in a statement its “duty to fully protect all officials who are in service to their country” in the African nation.