Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has been forced to vehemently deny Donald Trump has ordered planning for a massive missile attack aimed at obliterating Iran’s nuclear production facilities.
This claim, which was first made by Australian media, was also dismissed outright by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The rumored U.S. strike came scarcely a week after Trump tweeted an all-caps threat directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
On July 22, Trump tweeted , “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
Trump’s tweet came after Rouhani warned a conflict between the U.S .and Iran would be the “mother of all wars.”
“I have no idea where the Australian news people got that information,” said Mattis. “I’m confident it is not something that’s being considered right now, and I think it’s a complete — frankly, it’s — it’s fiction.”
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australia’s national broadcaster that’s funded by the Australian federal government, on July 26 published a report claiming officials from Turnbull’s government said the U.S. is planning to attack Iran. The same story also said Australia might help the U.S. identify “possible targets.”
“President Trump has made his views very clear to the whole world, but this story … has not benefited from any consultation with me, the Foreign Minister, the Defense Minister or the Chief of the Defense Force,” said Turnbull.
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