Iran was plotting attack on four USA embassies before Soleimani killing


President Trump is saying Iranian General Qasem Soleimani had been planning attacks on four USA embassies before his assassination. "I can reveal that I believe it probably would've been four embassies".

The killing of Soleimani drew skepticism from some U.S. 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.

The financial penalties came as a response to Iranian airstrikes against U.S. bases in Iraq, which were in turn in retaliation for the assassination of Iran's General Qassem Soleimani. Trump and other officials insisted anew that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani had posed an imminent threat to the USA, but they rebuffed repeated attempts to explain what they meant by "imminent".

In addition to this planned takedown effort, the US was also reportedly targeting a high-ranking commander in Iran's Islamic Republican Guard Corps in Yemen.

Ukraine's president says Iran has pledged to quickly identify and return victims remains from the jetliner that Iran accidentally shot down earlier this week.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the killing of Soleimani "provocative and disproportionate", and other members said they were unconvinced after a closed-door briefing on the intelligence.

Trump has because specified in a meeting with Fox's Laura Ingraham that Soleimani was preparing a strike on 4 UNITED STATE consular offices, a case that has additionally been met much uncertainty. The administration maintains it did not need to consult Congress before the strike because of the "imminent threat" United States forces faced.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have spiked since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor Barack Obama and began reimposing sanctions that were relaxed under the accord.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin brief reporters about additional sanctions placed on Iran, at the White House, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Washington.

The executive order grants the administration power to place anyone involved, even indirectly, in the construction, manufacturing, textile or mining sector on a global financial blacklist. "They would be using that for terrorist activities throughout the region and to enable them to do more bad things", he said.