US President Trump hinted on Wednesday that Iran may be planning sneak attacks against US forces and vowed there would be a strong retaliation. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in particular took to Twitter to dismiss the allegations.
Trump indicated in a tweet that the US had "information" about a possible attack but didn't elaborate.
Iran has repeatedly called on the Trump administration to reverse its sanctions policy, which has been opposed even by U.S. allies, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Bagheri added that Iran has been monitoring United States troop activities in the region and that all of the Islamic Republic's defense forces are on alert.
The Shiite militia Kataeb Hezbollah, which the US struck after two rocket attacks in recent months killed and wounded coalition personnel at Iraqi bases, has threatened revenge and warned of a "painful" response to any further USA assaults. "If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!".
"Iran has friends: No one can have millions of proxies unlike the US-which surreptitiously lies, cheats & assassinates-Iran only acts in self-defence".
For most, the events of January which nearly took the USA to war with Iran after the assassination of IRGC Quds Forces General Qassim Soleimani, likely feels light-years away into the distant past.
Iranian commanders have warned the United States about taking military action inside Iraq after the president tweeted about Iran on April 1.
"And, in the midst of this deadly pandemic that respects no borders, the United States should take steps to offer what relief we can to those nations hardest hit by this virus - including Iran - even as we prioritise the health of the American people".
Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Tehran considers the USA military's "warmongering" in Iraq to be unsafe and could potentially create "catastrophic conditions" that will destabilise the region. It recently left the base in Kirkuk that was attacked by Iranian-backed forces in late December, killing an American contractor.
The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said the government would decide on Sunday for how long to extend the current restrictions on travel and shops.
Medicines and medical equipment are technically exempt from the USA sanctions but purchases are frequently blocked by the unwillingness of banks to process purchases for fear of incurring large penalties in the United States.
Washington staged a renewed wholesale operation in Iraq in 2014 at the head of a number of its Western and regional allies, presumably seeking to uproot the Takfiri terror group of ISIL.
But it is more than a year since Britain, France and Germany announced the creation of Instex and Iran has questioned European governments' commitment to seeing it through in defiance of the Trump administration.