Iran warned the US on Tuesday of a “strategic mistake” after President Donald Trump threatened Tehran over reports seeking revenge for the assassination of Colonel General Qasem Soleimani.
“We hope that they will not make a new strategic mistake and that they will witness the decisive reaction of Iran in the event of a strategic error,” said government spokesman Ali Rabiei at a televised press conference.
A US media report quoting nameless 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 against the United States will be accompanied by an attack on Iran 1000 times larger!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Rabiei regretted that “the president of a country entitled to global management and order would make hasty, on-the-agenda and dubious remarks on such a weak basis.”
He warned that responding to such reports would “do nothing but disrupt the region and world peace,” and advised Trump to “refrain from a new sense of adventure … to win a new term as president.”
On Monday, the State Department denied the report of an attack as “unfounded” and as part of “repetitive and lazy methods of creating an anti-Iranian atmosphere”.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been strained since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. They have deteriorated significantly since Trump unilaterally withdrew from a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018 and imposed crippling sanctions.
The Iranian Navy said last week that it was fleeing US planes flying near an area where naval exercises were being conducted near the sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
The military said three U.S. planes were discovered through air defenses.
One of them was a U.S. RQ-4 drone, the same model as one that Iran shot down in June last year after allegedly violating Iranian airspace – a claim the U.S. has denied.
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