Iran has threatened to retaliate “with full force” to any attack on its enrichment facilities after Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the world had less than a year to stop Tehran becoming a nuclear power.
Eshagh al-Habib, Tehran’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said that Iran “is strong enough to defend itself and reserves its full right to retaliate with full force against ant attack”.
Insisting that Iran was pursuing nuclear power solely for peaceful ends, he denounced Israel as a regime “based on terrorism”.
Mr Habib’s outburst came after the Israeli prime minister urged the UN General Assembly on Thursday to set “red lines” to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb.
Mr Netanyahu claimed that Iran would be ready to move into the final stage of uranium enrichment by as early as next spring and demanded the Tehran be told that such a move would trigger a military response.
He gave warning that if Iran was not halted before it completed its present, penultimate phase of enrichment, it would be too late to stop Iran becoming a nuclear power.
But Mr Habib denounced Mr Netanyahu’s claims as “baseless” and accused him of hypocrisy because Israel is believed to be a non-declared nuclear power.
Although the United States is reluctant to impose red lines there are growing fears in Washington that Israel will take military action of its own if it does not.
Mr Habib, whose warnings echo previous Iranian threats, did not specify how Tehran would respond to an attack.
Many observers expect that it would put pressure on Hizbollah and Hamas, the two Islamist groups it has long sponsored, to fire rockets into Israel from their bases in Lebanon and Gaza.
Hamas, however, has distanced itself from Iran in recent months as it seeks to realign itself with the Muslim Brotherhood, its ideological ally, since it came to power in Egypt.
Hizbollah would be more likely to heed Iran’s call, but even that is not guaranteed given that risks of incurring a heavy defeat in the face of an Israeli counter-attack.
But Iran also has long-range missiles of its own which could conceivably reach Israel. It could also strike at US ships and military bases in the Persian Gulf.
Source: The Telegraph
Sep 19, 2018 Comments Off on Foreign Office warns dual nationals not to go to Iran
Sep 17, 2018 Comments Off on Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change
Sep 13, 2018 Comments Off on Canadian MPs call on Ottawa to stand with Kurds after Iran missile attack
Aug 31, 2018 Comments Off on UN agency says Iran continues to meet nuclear obligations
Sep 19, 2018 Comments Off on Foreign Office warns dual nationals not to go to IranForeign Office warns dual nationals not to go to Iran Foreign Office warns dual nationals not to go to Iran The British Foreign Office has warned all UK/Iranian dual nationals not to travel to Iran unless they have an...
Sep 17, 2018 Comments Off on Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime changeTrump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change The United States’ re-imposition of sanctions on Iran prompted the Iranians to...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...