WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Trump warned that it will be “the official end of Iran” if it threatens the U.S. again.
- His response came after a rocket was fired less than a mile away from the U.S. Embassy.
- Tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate after reports revealed Iran’s alleged plans to attack American troops and ships in the region.
President Trump threatened to “end” Iran in a tweet sent on Sunday afternoon.
His response came after reports of a rocket attack on Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which is less than a mile away from the U.S. Embassy.
Trump’s Twitter post read, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”
After the explosions in Iraq’s capital, a rocket launcher was found in eastern Baghdad, where Iranian-backed Shiite militias are based.
Fortunately, no casualties were reported. Meanwhile, officials briefly closed the roads leading into the Green Zone.
The rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran have brought about concerns that Iraq could be caught in the crossfire. Around 5,000 American troops and several Iranian forces are currently stationed near the capital.
Saudi Arabia declared that it doesn’t intend to go to war with Iran, but it will defend itself when threatened.
Last week, two Saudi oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Two of the Kingdom’s oil pumping stations were also previously targeted by drone attacks.
Abel al-Jubeir, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, declared, “The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want war in the region and does not strive for that… but at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will fight this with all force and determination and it will defend itself, its citizens and its interests.”
Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, gave a similar statement on Sunday: “Iran is not looking for any type of war, but it is fully prepared to defend itself.”
Tensions between Washington and Tehran continued to escalate after reports revealed Iran’s alleged plans to attack the American troops and ships in the region.
Warships and bombers were deployed by the White House earlier this month to counter any threats in the Persian Gulf. Non-emergency personnel were also evacuated from Iraq.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Navy conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea to showcase the U.S. military’s “lethality and agility to respond to threat.”
This is not the first time that Trump displayed such bravado against military threats.
During the negotiations with North Korea, Trump had warned leader Kim Jong-un not to threaten the U.S.: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Source: New York Post