Donald Trump promises a response "a thousand times stronger" to any attack by Iran, which would consider attempting to assassinate the United States' ambassador to South Africa, close to the Republican billionaire.
Donald Trump is once again threatening Iran with a massive attack. After press reports reporting a plan for the assassination by Tehran of a reputed American diplomat close to him, the Republican president promises a response from the United States "a thousand times stronger" to any attack on Iran. "Any attack on the part of Iran, in any form whatsoever, against the United States will be followed by an attack against Iran which will be a thousand times stronger in magnitude!", Donald Trump tweeted.
According to the Politico news site, which quotes two US officials on condition of anonymity, intelligence services believe the Iranian government is considering an attempt to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, close to Donald Trump. The threat, detected since the spring, has become more precise in recent weeks, according to Politico sources, as Tehran intends to avenge the death of its powerful general Qassem Soleimani , killed in January by an American strike in Iraq on the orders of the American president.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he was taking the information "seriously". The Iranian Foreign Ministry, for its part, considered that it was "false information", "without foundation". His spokesman spoke of "repetitive and nauseating methods to create an anti-Iranian climate on the international scene".
Iran has "demonstrated its enduring adherence to the principles and practices of international diplomacy," while the Trump administration "has acted in defiance of many internationally accepted standards and methods," he said.
The American president withdrew the United States from the international Iranian nuclear agreement in 2018, deeming this text insufficient to prevent Tehran from acquiring the atomic bomb and to stem its "harmful" influence in the Middle East. But despite unprecedented American sanctions, his campaign of "maximum pressure" did not favor the negotiation of a "new agreement", an objective declared by the Republican billionaire, and tensions between the two enemy countries remain high.