Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the U.S. President Donald Trump will not be “traped” on Saturday by a suspected Israeli attempt to cause a war by targeting U.S. troops in Iraq.
He released an alert on the anniversary of the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, by a drone attack in Iraq. There was no immediate response from Israel.
Washington cites the Iranian-backed militia for frequent missile attacks on U.S. installations in Iraq, particularly at the U.S. Embassy. No known Iranian-backed organisations have taken responsibility for this.
“New intelligence from Iraq indicate(s) that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans — putting an outgoing Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli (act justifying war),” Zarif said in a tweet.
“Be careful of a trap, @realDonaldTrump. Any fireworks will backfire badly,” Zarif wrote.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to comment on Zarif’s remarks.
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for feedback on Zarif’s post.
Esmail Ghaani, who succeeded Soleimani as head of the Quds elite force, said that Iran was still ready to respond on Friday.
The U.S. military flew two nuclear-powered B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a message of dissuasion to Iran on Wednesday, but the bombers have since left the area.