Israeli Regime Unable to Strike Iran: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
TEHRAN – Israel’s latest threats against the Islamic Republic have been dismissed by Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson as “psychological warfare” since the Tel Aviv regime will never dare to confront Iran.
In an interview with Al-Alam TV broadcast on Tuesday, Nasser Kanaani claimed that the Zionist regime’s recent threats were nothing but psychological warfare and that the regime lacked both the courage and the ability to militarily confront Iran.
He stressed that Iran would retaliate strongly against any “idiocy” of the Tel Aviv regime.
“Iran’s response to any foolishness committed by the Zionist regime will be destructive,” Kanaani said.
Israeli army chief Aviv Kohavi said on Sunday that Israel had a “moral obligation” to prepare a military response to Iran’s nuclear program and that such preparation was “central” to the army’s preparations.
In a joint statement issued Thursday in the occupied city of al-Quds, US President Joe Biden and Yair Lapid made false allegations against Iran for its nuclear program.
Biden said the United States “will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”
Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes. Almost ten years ago, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa (religious edict) banning the production, stockpiling and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including nuclear weapons.
Kamal Kharrazi, head of Iran’s Strategic Council for Foreign Relations and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2005, has denied allegations that his country is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.
In an interview with Al Jazeera broadcast on Sunday, Kharrazi said that although the Islamic Republic has the “technical capabilities” to enrich uranium beyond the current level of 60%, it will not take this step.
Kanaani also said that Biden, during his recent tour of West Asia, failed to establish an anti-Iranian alliance because countries in the region did not trust the United States.
Given diplomatic efforts to resuscitate the 2015 Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Foreign Ministry spokesman said the United States had no accepted all of Iran’s demands, which must be met within the framework of the JCPOA.
Washington must provide real assurance to Iran, he said, implying that the United States will keep the door open to renege on the deal once it is revitalized.
He added: “Prolonging negotiations is not in the interest of any party, especially the United States.”
Kanaani also stressed that while Tehran appreciates Ankara’s security concerns over its southern borders, it opposes the concept of creating a “safe zone” inside Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to create a safe zone in Syria’s occupied northern region.
Erdogan reportedly vowed to launch a military attack in northwestern Syria, despite efforts by Iran and Russia to dissuade him.
Iran has warned that any military intervention by Turkey in Syria could destabilize the region.