‘They have assassinated people in Europe and in other parts of the planet .’
US President Donald Trump on Monday vowed that any attack by Iran would be met with a response “1 000 times greater in magnitude,” after reports that Iran planned to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani.
A US media report, quoting unnamed officials, said that an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa was planned before the presidential election in November.
“According to press reports, Iran could also be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the us in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani,” Trump tweeted.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the us are going to be met with an attack on Iran which will be 1 000 times greater in magnitude!”
Relations between Washington and Tehran are tense since the Iranian revolution and have spiralled since Trump unilaterally pulled out of a landmark international nuclear affect Iran in May 2018.
In January, a US drone strike killed Soleimani in Baghdad, and Washington is pushing to increase an arms embargo on Iran that starts to progressively expire in
October also as reimposing UN sanctions on the Islamic republic.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday declined to comment directly on the reported threat to Lana Marks, the US ambassador to South Africa who may be a close ally of Trump.
But Pompeo told Fox News that “the Islamic Republic of Iran has engaged in assassination efforts all across the planet . they need assassinated people in Europe and in other parts of the planet . We take these… allegations seriously.
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday dismissed the report of an assassination plot as “baseless”.
He said it had been a part of “repetitive and rotten methods to make an anti-Iranian atmosphere on the international stage.”