Trump Threatens Iran Over Alleged Assassination Plot

Agence France-Presse reports:

President Trump on Monday night warned Iran of a counterattack “1,000 times greater in magnitude” after reports the Iranian government may have hatched an assassination plot against a US ambassador to avenge the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

Politico reported on Sunday, citing two unnamed government officials, the existence of intelligence reports about an Iranian plot to assassinate Lana Marks, the US ambassador to South Africa.

The plot is seen as a possible effort by Iran to retaliate against the Trump administration for the killing of Soleimani, a former top general, in a US drone strike in January.

Al Jazeera reports:

Iran has warned the United States against making a “strategic mistake” after President Donald Trump threatened Tehran over reports it planned to avenge the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani.

“We hope that they do not make a new strategic mistake and certainly in the case of any strategic mistake, they will witness Iran’s decisive response,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a televised news conference on Tuesday.