United States President Donald Trump on Wedenesday warned Iran and those groups which are linked to Tehran against attacking US troops or assets in Iraq, refers a possible “sneak attack” but not giving any further detail.
“Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on US troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” Trump said in a post on Twitter.
It was not immediately clear that what information President Trump is refering to in his tweet, which was posted after he was scheduled to have a 12:00pm (16:00 GMT) intelligence briefing.
Ab top Iranian military aide had earlier cautioned the US about the consequences of “proactive actions” in Iraq, Iranian news agencies reported.
“We advise US politicians and military to take responsibility for the consequences of their provocative actions (in Iraq),” General Yahya Rahim Safavi said, quoted by the semi-official news agency Tasnim. “Any US action will mark an even larger strategic failure in the current president’s record.”
Rahim Safavi made the statement hour before Trump’s tweet.
At odds for the decades, the US and Iran relation is further deteriorate in the nearly two years since Trump abandoned Iran’s 2015 multilateral nuclear deal and reimposed US economic sanctions on Tehran.
Iran’s President on Wednesday said that with the advent of coronavirus, the US had missed a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country, though the penalties had not hampered its fight against the infection.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said that the Washington might consider easing actions on Iran and other countries to fight Coronavirus during this pandemic, but not give any clear sign to do so.
“The United States lost the best opportunity to lift sanctions,” Hassan Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting. “It was a great opportunity for Americans to apologise … and to lift the unjust and unfair sanctions on Iran.”
The coronavirus has killed more than 3,000 people in Iran and the confirm infections are closed to 48,000, making Iran the worst country hit by the coronavirus in the Middle East.
“Americans could have used this opportunity and told the Iranian nation that they are not against them,” Rouhani said. “Their hostility (towards Iranians) is obvious.”
Several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, China, the UK, France, Qatar and Turkey, have sent shipments of medical supplies, including gloves and surgical masks, to Iran.