Spokesman Warns of Iran’s Crushing Response to Any Hostile Move
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh underlined Iran’s readiness for any enemy scenario, warning the US and Israel of a crushing response to any move crossing the country’s redline.
“The regime in Jerusalem is well aware that if anyone approaches Iran’s redlines, Iran’s response will be crushing. We neither compromise nor reconcile on national security, security and national interests of Iran,” Khatibzadeh told FNA.
“But in the case of the US moves, we see certain mischief and signs that the movements are mischievous. We have said directly and without any concealment that the US should account for the consequences of any adventurism. We are certainly not looking for tension, but at the same time we are quite serious about defending our interests,” he added.
The diplomat said that Iran has cautioned Washington against the slightest violation of its redlines and also warned the regional states to take care not to be coaxed into involvement in the plots and mischievous acts against Iran.
Khatibzadeh stressed Iran’s readiness for any scenarios practiced by the enemies, and said, “We will not start anything. But our response will be decisive, absolute and firm. We hope that they will not add any more sinister things to their ominous legacy. We hope that they will finish the countdown to their expulsion from the White House in a more dignified manner. This ominous legacy is enough for the entire US history.”
He, meantime, underlined that the person ruling the White House is not important to Iran, and added, “Any measure (by the US) will be assessed and responded the same day.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said on Thursday that the responsibility for any possible adventurism in the region falls on the US, ruling out the need for any foreign intervention for regional security.
“Washington would be held accountable for any potential adventurism in the region,” Zarif said in a phone contact with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, stressing that the regional security should be maintained without any external interference.
Referring to the recent provocative moves of the US in West Asia, he warned that it is Washington which bears responsibility for any possible adventurism in the region.
His comments came after the Pentagon deployed a pair of B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in yet another provocative military posture against Iran, just weeks before US President Donald Trump is due to leave office.
The nuclear-capable bombers flew nonstop from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and headed home after a show of force over the western side of the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, the AP reported.
Elsewhere, Khatibzadeh referred to the US assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and said what happened at Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020, will not be forgotten.
He added that the Iranian foreign ministry and Judiciary as well as the Iraqi government which was the host of General Soleimani at the time of his martyrdom are pursuing prosecution and punishment of the culprits behind the crime.
In relevant remarks on Friday, Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Esmayeel Qaani said that the criminal assassination of General Soleimani might be retaliated inside the US.
Qaani said that the path of Resistance and the Quds Force will never change with the diabolical moves of the US, stressing that the criminals who assassinated General Soleimani might get their fitting response inside their houses.
Speaking at the ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of Martyr Soleimani in Tehran on Friday, he stressed that the American forces in Iraq are trembling from fear, adding that they have taken unprecedented security measures in the recent days due to the moves of the Iraqi combatants.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8 and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.
Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.
The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.
Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.
Meantime, Iran announced in late June that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials of the US and other countries who have been involved in the assassination of the martyred General Soleimani.
"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol," Alqasi Mehr said at the time.
He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that US President Donald Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.