President Trump declared that “upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif cautioned Trump against being “misled by usual warmongers, again” and added: “Iran has friends. No one can have millions of ‘proxies’. Unlike the U.S. – which surreptitiously lies, cheats and assassinates – Iran only acts in self-defence. Openly Iran starts no wars, but teaches lessons to those who do”.
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