January 2nd local time, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif announced that Israeli agents planned to provoke war by attacking American troops in Iraq, and he hoped that US President Trump would not fall into Israel’s “trap”.
According to Reuters on the 3rd, Zarif said on Twitter on the 2nd: “New intelligence from Iraq shows that Israeli agents are planning an attack on Americans, tying outgoing Trump to false reasons for declaring war (rationalizing war operations).”
“Beware of the traps, @realDonaldTrump… Any gunfire will have serious consequences.” Zarif wrote.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on Zarif’s position.
Previously, the United States had accused Iranian-backed militias of conducting regular rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq, including facilities near the U.S. Embassy, but Iran refused to accept this allegation.
Zarif’s “reminder” coincides with the first anniversary of the death of Iranian commander Suleimani’s death of the U.S. military. Suleimani’s death almost lit the “powder barrel” in the Middle East last year, when there were concerns that the U.S.-Iran war was imminent.