Iran’s foreign minister accused Israel of concocting a just cause for Washington to begin a war against the Islamic Republic as Iranians marked the first anniversary of america assassination of a top general.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran had new intelligence from Iraqi sources showing that “Israeli agent-provocateurs” were staging attacks on U.S. targets, laying a “trap” for outgoing President Donald Trump to begin a clash and jettison his successor Joe Biden’s plans to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord. He didn’t give further details approximately the nature of the intelligence.
His comments came after Iran’s military warned that it was once prepared to defend itself and respond firmly to any U.S. aggression all through a weekend of bellicose statements commemorating General Qassem Soleimani’s killing by the U.S. in a drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3, 2020.
U.S. forces were “vulnerable and in a defensive position” out of fear of an Iranian strike to retaliate for final year’s assault, said Major General Yahya Ramin Safavi, a top military adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. “We are hoping that while Trump’s depraved government is around, nothing will happen,” he said on state TV.
“The U.S. military has a better understanding of its weaknesses than its politicians. We can never initiate war, but whether someone attacks Iran, we can respond firmly and with full preparedness,” Safavi said, adding that Iran was once capable of sinking U.S. aircraft carriers.
The comments show that while Iran wants to make lucid that it won’t hesitate to defend itself against U.S. military action, it does not wish to intensify clash and sees Trump’s allies in the region as trying to begin a war and to exploit a imaginable divide inside the defense community in Washington over if Trump will have to strike Iran.
On Thursday, the U.S. sent home the united statesNimitz, the only Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East a day after it also sent B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in a show of force, AP reported, citing three unnamed defense officials. The outline said the two actions may mirror a split among Pentagon officials.
Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have resurged in recent weeks with Trump reviving threats against the Islamic Republic in his last weeks in office as he tries to derail plans by Biden to rescue the beleaguered nuclear accord and supply sanctions relief.
Trump’s decision to target Soleimani pushed the countries to the brink of war, capping a security crisis in the Persian Gulf that started when Trump deserted the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian officials and military commanders have repeatedly vowed to seek revenge for the strike for so long as U.S. forces are scattered across the Middle East.
The multilateral accord limited Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, but since Trump walked absent from it Iran has ramped-up its atomic activities and said on Saturday it had notified the United Nations’ nuclear agency that it’ll start producing 20% enriched uranium.