Donald Trump has warned that the US will retaliate with “1,000 times greater” force against any Iranian attack on its interests
Posting on Twitter, Trump referred to media reports that Iran was planning retaliation for the assassination by US drone in January of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani. At the time, analysts predicted Iran would seek to retaliate in the long term.
A Politico story citing unnamed intelligence officials said Iran was plotting to kill the US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, a handbag designer and longtime Trump friend. She is under extra security protection.
“According to Press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Suleimani,” Trump tweeted.
“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!”