According to media reports, Iran is planning an assassination attempt on the US ambassador to South Africa. In this case, Trump is threatening to counterattack. Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since his presidency.
US President Donald Trump has threatened Iran with massive retaliation in the event of an Iranian attack on his country. The United States would respond with a counterattack “a thousand times bigger,” Trump wrote on Monday in the short message service Twitter.
American diplomat Lana Marks would be the target
The president responded to a media report that Tehran is planning an attack on the US ambassador to South Africa in retaliation for the targeted assassination of Iranian General Kassem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Iraq earlier this year. The Politico website quoted two US government officials with this information. According to Iranian plans for the US presidential election on November 3, diplomat Lana Marks should be the target of an assassination attempt.
After Soleimani was killed, the US and Iran were on the brink of war. Iran at the time carried out air strikes on US positions in Iraq, but refrained from major retaliation. Trump threatened Iran with massive counter-attacks at the time.
Trump creates bad relations between the countries
Under Trump, the relationship between the two states has deteriorated dramatically. The US president regularly describes Iran as the main source of violence and instability in the Middle East and has a policy of “maximum pressure” on the country. In May 2018, Trump unilaterally ended the international nuclear deal with Iran. As a result, his government imposed massive economic sanctions on the country.