Iran vows to give overwhelming response to any Israeli aggression
TEHRAN – Iran has warned it will deal a severe blow to Israel if it dares to commit aggression against Iran amid a standoff over the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.
Iran’s new Minister of Defense, General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, made his first remarks in reaction to recent Israeli threats against Iran, promising an overwhelming response in Tel Aviv in case he attacks Iran.
He said Iran’s defense power and technological advancements were developed to be used only to defend the country’s borders and respond to any possible threat and act of aggression.
Attacking enemies for their absurd statements, Iran’s defense minister said enemies resorted to ranting and accusations out of desperation. General Ashtiani also said enemies, especially Israel, were gossiping about Iran. He said that Israel has always faced defeat of the Iranian nation, and that it only has the temerity to show hatred and resentment towards the “oppressed and defenseless women and children” in Palestine.
Underlining Iran’s determination to maintain military and defense progress, the defense minister warned that “the enemies of the Iranian nation will certainly receive an overwhelming response for any reckless and reckless action and will incur high costs.”
These remarks came in response to repeated threatening statements by Israeli officials against Iran. Laying various charges against Iran’s nuclear program, these officials threatened to attack Iran in case the world failed to “stop” Iran.
During a recent visit to Moscow, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid accused Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapon and said that if the world doesn’t stop Iran, Israel will.
“The world must prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear capability, no matter what the cost,” Lapid said, adding: “If the world doesn’t, Israel reserves the right to act.
The Israeli boast drew a response from Iran.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, strongly rejected the Israeli claims. He rejected Israeli threats against Iran’s nuclear program, stressing that Iran retains the right to respond to any Israeli aggression.
“The outlawed Israeli regime – sitting on illicit nuclear weapons and refusing to join the NPT – once again threatens NPT member Iran; a nation with the most inspected nuclear program in the world, ”he said on Twitter.
Khatibzadeh added: “The darling of the West is a habitual extortioner. But the world has awakened to its unsettling nature. Iran reserves the right to respond.
The Israeli-Iranian war of words came amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to resume stalled Vienna nuclear talks over the possible relaunch of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Plan d joint global action (JCPOA).
The JCPOA is also expected to be on the agenda of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian during his visit to New York where he will meet the Foreign Minister of all other signatories to the 2015 accord. Abdollahian s’ traveled to New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Khatibzadeh said Iran’s new foreign minister will have around 45 meetings in New York.
Experts believe Israel’s bluster may be aimed at stepping up pressure on Iran to force it to make concessions in nuclear talks. But observers, including the Israelis themselves, recognize that Israel is not strong enough to attack Iran.
However, Israeli officials continue to make military threats against Iran. For example, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently said, “I am not ruling out the possibility that Israel must take action in the future to prevent a nuclear Iran.
But former Israeli officials and experts have warned the Israeli regime against military action against Iran. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has warned that the costs of such a move outweigh its benefits.
He wrote: “If Iran’s non-nuclear targets are attacked, we will face a real danger of escalating conflict with Iran, and this will lead to conflict with Hezbollah. Israel has several reasons for preferring to delay such a conflict.
Menahem Merhavy, a researcher at the University of Jerusalem, said that if Israel militarily attacks Iran’s nuclear program, “that means Israel would have to take refuge in shelters for a few months or more.”