Iran on Tuesday warned the United States not to make a “strategic error” after President Donald Trump threatened Tehran over reports that he was planning to avenge the murder of General Qasem Soleimani.
“We hope that they will not make another strategic mistake and certainly in the event of a strategic error they will witness Iran’s decisive response,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a conference. TV press.
A US media report, citing unnamed officials, said an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa was planned ahead of the US presidential election in November.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, on the United States will result in an attack on Iran that will be 1000 times the size!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Rabiei regretted that “the president of a country that claims world management and order is making hasty, agenda-fueled and questionable remarks on such a weak basis.”
He warned that reacting to such reports “would do nothing other than disrupt the region and the calm of the world” and advised Trump to “refrain from any further adventurism … to win a new term as president. “.
On Monday, the foreign ministry denied reports of an assassination plot as “baseless” and part of “repetitive and rotten methods to create an anti-Iranian atmosphere”.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been strained since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. They have deteriorated sharply since Trump unilaterally withdrew from a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions.
The Iranian navy said last week it took off from US planes that were flying near an area where naval exercises were underway near the sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
The military said three US planes had been detected by air defenses.
One of them was an American RQ-4 drone, the same model as one shot down by Iran in June last year after allegedly violating Iranian airspace – a claim the United States has denied.
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