Iran’s Raisi has issued a strong warning to Israel against any violent action
Iran–Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Monday that if Israel took action against the Islamic republic, the armed forces would not rest. “You must understand that if you try to take any action against the Iranian nation… our armed forces will not leave you in peace,” Raisi declared at a military parade commemorating National Army Day. His remarks came only days after he urged Iraq not to use its land for operations that might jeopardize Iran’s security.
Last month, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the military’s ideological wing, said Israel was using a dozen ballistic missiles launched at a “strategic” point in Irbil, Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdistan region’s city. The presence of Israeli installations in and around Irbil, on the other hand, was disputed by Irbil governor Oumid Khouchnaw as “baseless.” He remarked at the time, “There are no Israeli sites in the region.”
Last month, Israel sponsored meetings in which senior Arab diplomats and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated, with Israel claiming that the conference would send a strong message to Tehran. “This new architecture, the joint capabilities we’re constructing, intimidates and deters our mutual enemies,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said at the close of the summit in southern Israel.
The meeting took place as international powers tried to resurrect a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear operations in exchange for sanctions relief. Israel is vehemently opposed to the original agreement and any attempt to bring it back. The agreement began to disintegrate in 2018 when then-US President Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement and re-imposed sanctions, prompting Iran to resume its nuclear program.
Iran has begun making components for machines used to enrich uranium at a new workshop at Natanz, the country’s major nuclear plant, according to the UN’s atomic energy watchdog. The new workshop, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), replaces a nuclear facility at Karaj, near Tehran, that was destroyed last year in what Iran said was an act of sabotage by Israel.