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Iran’s foreign minister urges Trump to resist Israel’s ‘trap’ to provoke war

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif says on Twitter that Israeli “agent-provocateurs” are aiming to put outgoing US President Trump “in a bind with a fake casus belli.”


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has cautioned US President Donald Trump not to be “trapped” by a contended Israeli plan to incite a war through assaults on US forces in Iraq.

He put out the warning on the anniversary of the US massacre of top general Qassem Soleimani by a drone strike in Iraq. There was no immediate response by Israel.

New intelligence reports reveal that Israel is conspiring against US forces in Iraq to incite war between Washington and Tehran, Iran’s top diplomat declared.

Esmail Ghani, who succeeded Soleimani as chief of the elite Quds force /Image source: The Straits Times


Iran was still ready to react.


Esmail Ghani, who succeeded Soleimani as chief of the elite Quds force,

announced on Friday.

“From inside your own house, there may emerge someone who will retaliate for your crime,” at a televised occasion at Tehran University to signify the anniversary.

“American mischief will not deter the Quds force from carrying on its resistance path,” he reinforced.


Foreign Minister Zarif asserted on Saturday that Israeli “agent-provocateurs” are intending to put outgoing US President Trump “in a bind with a fake casus belli.
He advised Trump to “be careful of the trap,” cautioning that “any fireworks will backfire badly.”


Uncertainties between Tehran and Washington have risen in recent weeks, pursuing rocket assaults on the US Embassy in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, which American bureaucrats accused on Iran.
On Wednesday, President Trump told there was “chatter” about additional assaults against US forces in Iraq, threatening that Iran would be held accountable.

In reaction, Zarif tweeted on Thursday that intelligence reports reveal a “plot to fabricate pretext of war,” about possible mistaken flag attacks in Iraq.

And further stated Iran “does not seek war” but is prepared to “openly and directly defend its people, security and vital interests.”

Zarif’s statement on Saturday was a continuance of his statement on Thursday, now directly suggesting Israel is the ringmaster.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment on Zarif’s remarks.

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Rocket attacks on Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses the US Embassy, have boosted since Iran’s top military chief Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike, on January 3, 2020.

Iran’s top military chief Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike, on January 3, 2020/Image source: Middle East Institute


While Washington has promptly blamed Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq, particularly the Kataib Hezbollah group, Tehran has sustained that the groups operate unassisted.

With Trump unilaterally withdrawing the U.S. from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran and world powers in 2018 and undertaking a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, reimposing and enhancing crippling sanctions.

The two countries have twice come to the verge of war since June 2019, particularly following the killing of Soleimani.


Why Act of aggression?

Ahead of the first anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination this week, the supposition has been flush about Iran-allied groups in Iraq scheming more assaults on American establishments in the country.

Zarif’s threat of Israel planning wrong flag attacks in Iraq comes days after reports that Israeli and US submarines were moving towards the Persian Gulf region.

The operations provoked Iranian officials to warn of a powerful response.


Abolfazl Amouei, a spokesperson for the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy commission, quoted that the move would be perceived as an “act of aggression” and the ships would be an “easy target” for Iran.

Murdering the top nuclear scientist

Professionals believe that Tel Aviv has been organizing for a possible vengeance from Tehran over the murder of its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in November.

Iran has accused Israel of the assassination and there have been rising calls for retaliation within the country.

President Hassan Rouhani’s government, nonetheless, has opted for “strategic patience,” saying that it will exact its revenge at an “appropriate time.”

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