In a tweet late on Tuesday, Zarif blasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a “habitual liar” and said the American diplomat had “bamboozled” Trump into assassinating top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad earlier in the year.
Zarif said Pompeo was then seeking to deceive the US president and “sucker him into mother of all quagmires by leaking a new false alarm.”
The habitual liar bamboozled @realdonaldtrump into assassinating ISIS' enemy #1 by raising a false alarm.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 15, 2020
Now he's trying to sucker him into mother of all quagmires by leaking a new false alarm.
-Politico source: “US officials"
-Trump source: “press reports”
Time to wake up. pic.twitter.com/2oBbbsWnxN
The Iranian foreign minister was alluding to a report by Politico news magazine that cited unnamed US officials as claiming Iran was weighing to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks before the American presidential election in November.
To double down on his assertion that the US secretary of state was a liar, Zarif also attached to his tweet the photo of Pompeo, a former CIA director, who admitted to an audience last year that the American spy agency trained employees to “lie, cheat and steal.”
In a tweet on Monday, Trump referred to “press reports” that Iran “may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States” to avenge the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq in January.
Trump further said, “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!”
Iran has vehemently dismissed the allegations leveled by Politico, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeid Khatibzadeh advising American officials to “stop resorting to hackneyed and outworn methods to create Iranophobic atmosphere on the international arena.”
Khatibzadeh also advised American journalists to beware of falling victim to US politicians' efforts "to peddle lies."
Meanwhile, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei warned the United States on Tuesday against making another “strategic mistake” after Trump threatened Tehran with a huge attack.
“We hope that they do not make a new strategic mistake. In that case, they will face our [and the] resistance [front’s] response,” Rabiei said, also advising the US to “avoid new adventurism.”