Washington, September 15
President Donald Trump has warned Iran that any assault in opposition to the US can be retaliated with “1,000 times greater in magnitude” after media stories that Tehran is planning to avenge the killing of prime basic Qasem Soleimani in January.
The loss of life of Gen Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in a US airstrike close to Baghdad’s airport marks a significant escalation within the standoff between Washington and Tehran, since US President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions.
Iran had vowed to hunt revenge for Gen Soleimani’s killing.
“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!” Trump mentioned in a tweet after information stories emerged that Iran is planning some type of assault in opposition to the US.
“Iran could also be planning an assassination or different assault, in opposition to the US in retaliation for the killing of terrorist chief Soleimani, which was carried out for his planning a future assault, murdering US Troops, and the loss of life & struggling brought on over so a few years,” Trump wrote.
In a information report based mostly on unnamed intelligence sources, the Politico mentioned “the Iranian authorities is weighing an assassination try in opposition to the American ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks.
“If carried out, it could dramatically ratchet up already serious tensions between the US and Iran and create enormous pressure on Trump to strike back — possibly in the middle of a tense election season,” the American information outlet mentioned.
An intelligence supply instructed Fox News that the intel group is taking the menace in opposition to the ambassador critically and consider the Iranian regime probably has the flexibility to behave on an assassination plot.
Iran has prior to now deliberate assassinations of American ambassadors — which is partly why the intelligence group is taking this explicit menace evaluation critically, the information channel mentioned.
Iran has denied the allegations.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned in an announcement that the assassination allegations had been a part of ongoing anti-Iranian propaganda by the Americans forward of the elections scheduled for November 3.
Meanwhile, reacting on the stories South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) mentioned that it has “noted the rising public interest on the matter and would like to assure all South African citizens and interested parties that the matter is receiving the necessary attention.” “The agency is interacting with all relevant partners both in the country and abroad, to ensure that no harm will be suffered by the US Ambassador, including any other Diplomatic Officials inside the borders of our country,” it mentioned in an announcement.
The Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo has affirmed that South Africa has an obligation to guard maximally, all diplomatic officers who’re on state responsibility within the nation.
Marks, 66, who was sworn in as U.S. ambassador in October final 12 months, has been an in depth affiliate of President Trump for nearly 20 years. She was born in South Africa. –PTI