- GLOBAL SECUTIRY - Sep 15, 2020 -
Iran Press TV -
The Iranian government warns the United States against making another "strategic mistake" after President Donald Trump threatened Tehran with a huge attack.
"We hope that they do not make a new strategic mistake. In that case, they will face our [and the] resistance [front's] response," Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference on Tuesday.
In a tweet on Monday, Trump referred to "press reports" that Iran "may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States" in retaliation for Washington's assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq early this year.
The claim was initially made in a report by Politico, which cited US officials "familiar" with the matter. Iran categorically rejected the allegations.
The US president then threatened, "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!"
In response, the Iranian government official said, "We have witnessed, throughout the region's history, that the US initiated the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq based on bogus reports. This is an American tradition."
The current US president, he added, has nothing to do but jeopardize regional and international peace.
The spokesperson advised the US to "avoid new adventurism" because the creation of new insecurity in the region in order to win the presidential election is "unforgivable" and "a betrayal of humanity."
Rabiei expressed regret that "the president of a country who has claims to global management and order would make explicit, agenda-fuelled and dubious remarks based on such a weak claim."
He said the Trump administration assassinated General Soleimani who has been the "symbol of peace and fight against terrorism in the region," emphasizing that this stigma would never go away and the Iranian people would never forget it.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeid Khatibzadeh on Monday vehemently dismissed the "biased and agenda-driven" report published in the American media outlet, which cited the statements of a seemingly US government official in an effort to make it appear true.
The military assassinated General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq's Hashd al-Sha'abi, and their companions by targeting their vehicle outside the Baghdad International Airport on January 3.