Trump threatens Iran with an attack “a thousand times” greater if he attacks the US

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  • Trump threatens Iran with an attack “a thousand times” greater if he attacks the US.
  • The president said Monday that Iran may be planning an attack on the United States.
  • The US issues travel advisories to China and Hong Kong.

President Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran could be planning an attack against the United States and threatened an aggression “a thousand times” stronger towards the Persian country if that happens, reports EFE

In two tweets late Monday, Trump appeared to react to a report published on Saturday by Politico magazine, which cited US intelligence sources as saying that the iranian government is considering assassinating the US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks.

“According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the murder of the terrorist leader (Qasem) Soleimaní,” Trump wrote.

“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will result in an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!”

Trump threatens Iran with attack "a thousand times" greater if you attack the US

Trump threatens Iran with “a thousand times” greater attack if he attacks the US.

According to the Politico article, the alleged Iranian plan to assassinate Marks would be in retaliation for the death of the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimaní, which occurred in a US bombing last January.

Trump once again defended his decision to finish off Soleimaní on Monday, stating that “he planned a future attack in which he was going to assassinate US troops”, in addition to holding him responsible for “deaths and suffering for many years” as commander of the Quds Force. of the Revolutionary Guard.

That US operation triggered tensions between Washington and Tehran at the beginning of the year, and in July, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamjani, warned that the US still awaits a harsher revenge for having killed. to that general.

However, the Iranian government has roundly rejected rumors that it plans to assassinate the US ambassador and has linked them to an attempt by the Donald Trump Administration to allegedly tarnish Iran’s image.

The Government of South Africa affirmed this Monday that it takes note of the information that points to an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the United States ambassador, and assured that the matter is “receiving the necessary attention” to guarantee her safety.

Trump threatens Iran with “a thousand times” greater attack if he attacks the US.

South Africa, which maintains good ties with the Persian state, ratified in a statement its “duty to protect as much as possible all officials who are in service to their country” in the African nation.

In another vein, but always in the line of foreign policy, the US issues travel warnings to China and Hong Kong, reports AP.

The United States issued new official recommendations on Tuesday warning of travel to Hong Kong and mainland China due to the risk of “arbitrary detention” and “arbitrary application of local laws.”

The notice is likely to exacerbate tensions between the two countries, which have skyrocketed since Beijing imposed a strict national security law on Hong Kong in June. The United States has already responded to the law with various punitive measures.

Trump threatens Iran with attack "a thousand times" greater if you attack the US

In this July 4, 2020, file photo, a woman carries an American flag outside the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong. (AP Photo / Kin Cheung, File)

The new warning told US citizens that China carries out “arbitrary detentions and prohibits departures” to force cooperation with investigations, pressure family members to return to China from abroad, influence civil disputes, and “gain bargaining power from foreign governments.” .

“US citizens traveling or residing in China or Hong Kong can be detained without access to US consular services or information about their alleged crime. US citizens can be subjected to lengthy interrogations and prolonged detention without due process of law, ”the notice said.

Trump threatens Iran with “a thousand times” greater attack if he attacks the US.

In Hong Kong, China “unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises the power of the police and security,” the notice said, noting that the new legislation also covers crimes committed by non-residents or organizations outside of Hong Kong, which could put US citizens who openly criticize China at “increased risk of arrest, detention, expulsion or prosecution.”

The authorities recommended that during their stay in Hong Kong, US citizens “remain aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.”

The Trump administration suspended or terminated three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong on extraditions and tax exemptions, claiming that Beijing had breached its promise that Hong Kong would retain broad autonomy for 50 years since the return of the former British colony to the Chinese government in 1997.

Other Western countries have suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong following the passage of the national security law.

The United States has also ended special trade privileges enjoyed by Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials, including the Hong Kong government’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, who was close to Beijing and was involved in the implementation of the new law.

Relations between Beijing and Washington are at their worst in decades due to open disputes over trade, technology, Taiwan, Tibet, the South China Sea, the coronavirus pandemic and, most recently, Hong Kong.

The impact of the tensions has materialized in two closures of diplomatic delegations, as well as restrictions on students and journalists.

Trump threatens Iran with “a thousand times” greater attack if he attacks the US.

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