US to respond with 'an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude,' Trump says

Any Iranian attack on the United States will trigger a response of an exceeding magnitude, US President Donald Trump warned Monday.

The US leader pointed at media reports that Iran could be plotting to assassinate a US envoy to issue a stark warning to Tehran.

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"Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!" Trump warned.

Earlier, Politico reported that Iran was plotting to assassinate 66-year-old Lana Marks, the US envoy to South Africa and President Trump's personal friend.

According to the report, which cited two officials familiar with CIA briefs, US spies have been picking up increasingly specific intelligence on the plot which was designed as retaliation for the US killing Gen. Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran's elite Quds force, in January. Read more at i24