The president of the United States, Donald Trump, promised on Monday that any attack by the Iranian regime will receive a response “1,000 times greater”, after the release of information according to which Tehran planned to avenge the death of its general Qasem Soleimani in january.
According to the website Politico, which quotes officials on condition of anonymity, intelligence services suspect the existence of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the US ambassador to South Africa ahead of the November presidential elections in the United States.
“According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in revenge for the death of terrorist leader Soleimani,” Trump tweeted.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude,” he continued.
The threat against the ambassador has become more precise in recent weeksAccording to Politico sources, and the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on Monday that he took the information “seriously”.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered on its side that it is “false information” and “without foundation”.
On the other hand, the armed forces of the Iranian regime conducted large-scale air naval maneuvers to test missiles and “offensive and defensive” tactics in the Oman Sea, from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, an area where many western warships cross.
The three-day exercise aims to test “the country’s offensive and defensive strategy and tactics to protect its territorial waters and maritime transport.”the Persian army said in a statement posted on its website.
The Strait of Hormuz, which links the Sea of Oman to the Gulf Sea, is a strategic area for the world oil trade. The area is at the center of tensions, especially after the United States unilaterally abandoned the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been strained for years, and even more so since Trump unilaterally withdrew in May 2018 from the international nuclear pact with Iran.
Last january, An American drone attack killed Soleimani in Baghdad, and now Washington is pressing to extend an arms embargo on Iran that begins to expire progressively in October, while calling for the reimposition of UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
With information from EFE