Donald Trump threatens Iran with massive retaliation if attacked


Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona
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The American president announces that he intends to react to Iranian attacks with a counterattack “a thousand times larger”. The website “Politico” had previously reported on Tehran’s assassination plans.

Dhe American President Donald Trump has threatened Iran with massive retaliation in the event of an Iranian attack on its country. The United States would respond with a counterattack of “a thousand times larger,” wrote Trump on Monday in the short message service Twitter.

The president responded to a media report that Tehran is planning an attack on the American ambassador to South Africa in retaliation for the targeted killing of the Iranian general Ghassem Soleimani in an American drone attack in Iraq earlier this year.

The website “Politico” had cited two American government officials with this information. According to the Iranian plans before the presidential election in the United States on November 3rd, diplomat Lana Marks should be the target of an assassination attempt.

After Soleimani was killed, America and Iran were on the verge of war. Iran carried out air strikes on American positions in Iraq at the time, but refrained from major retaliation. Trump threatened Iran with massive counter-attacks back then.

Under Trump, the relationship between the two states has worsened massively. The president regularly describes Iran as the main source of violence and instability in the Middle East and has a policy of “maximum pressure” on the country. In May 2018, Trump unilaterally terminated the international nuclear deal with Iran. As a result, his government imposed massive economic sanctions on the country.

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