Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Trump says 4 US embassies were under threat from Iran

Trump says 4 US embassies were under threat from Iran

Soleimani was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad on January 3, prompting Iran to retaliate with a series of missile attacks on United States facilities in Iraq several days later.

U.S. President Donald Trump said a drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was prompted by imminent threats from Iran to attack four U.S. embassies.

"I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies", Trump said in an excerpt from an interview due to air Friday night on Fox News.

Iraqi acting Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi takes part in the funeral of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq, January 4, 2020.

The killing of Soleimani drew skepticism from some USA experts and Democratic lawmakers, who argued that Trump's decision was "provocative and disproportionate", and might trigger an uncontrolled conflict between the United States and Iran. "We must keep the American people safe -- the House will pass a war powers resolution to limit the president's military actions regarding Iran", Pelosi said. Pentagon officials allegedly said the USA could go after Shahlai again, but for now, the focus remains on deescalating the situation in Iran. The targeting of Abdul Reza Shahlai was apparently part of an effort to cripple the leadership of Iran's Quds Force, which the USA has designated a terror organization along with the larger Islamic Revolutionary Guard Force.

"We had specific information on an imminent threat, and that threat stream included attacks on USA embassies - period, full stop", he stated.

Trump targets manufacturers, officials in fresh round of Iran sanctions
Trump pulled out of a deal that had granted Iran sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

In 2018, Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement signed under President Barack Obama that traded curbs on the program for the easing of sanctions.

The official declined to disclose details of the USA intelligence agency.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is said to have reassured British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a phone call on Thursday that Iran is willing to stick to the terms of the deal if Britain and other European nations can help the country avoid U.S. sanctions.

But other measures announced Friday could have a significant effect on strategically important sectors of the Iranian economy, said Ben Davis, chief research officer at research and data analytics firm Kharon.

Mnuchin insisted the sanctions are working and have deprived Iran of tens of billions of dollars.

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