Iran threatens US with ‘unimaginable’ response

Germany’s spy chief says Iran cyber capabilities pose danger to German companies

Tehran: US threats against Iran will draw a “strong, unimaginable and regrettable” response from Tehran, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major-General Mohammad Bagheri said on Tuesday, according to the IRNA news agency.

On Monday, Iran dismissed an angry warning from President Donald Trump that it risked dire consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if it made threats against the United States.

Also, the foreign ministry in Tehran said on Tuesday that Iran will respond with equal countermeasures if the US tries to block its oil exports.

US officials are stepping up diplomatic efforts to pressure countries to stop importing Iranian oil.

“If America wants to take a serious step in this direction it will definitely be met with a reaction and equal countermeasures from Iran,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

Meanwhile, Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency said in its annual report that Iran has expanded its cyberattack capabilities and poses a danger to German companies and research institutions.

The report, released on Tuesday by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and the BfV agency, cited steadily increasing cyberattacks with a likely origin in Iran since 2014, and said numerous such attacks were seen on German targets in 2017.

Supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran might block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are stopped.

Already fraught relations between Tehran and Washington have worsened in recent days.

Iran’s parliamentary speaker on Tuesday described Trump’s comments as “the words of a troublemaker”.

“The United States is experiencing disorder and wildness in its diplomatic relations,” Ali Larijani was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Iran has faced the threat of US sanctions since Trump decided in May to withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement between world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear programme.


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