At UN, Iran says it will make Israel 'regret' reprisals

AFP , Thursday 18 Apr 2024

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday warned that Tehran would make Israel "regret" any attack on his country in response to the Islamic republic's weekend barrage of missiles and drones.

Iran s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, at UN headquarters in New York City on April 18, 2024. AFP


Tehran's first-ever direct attack on Israel over the weekend came in the wake of a deadly Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus that killed two senior commanders in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Nearly all the projectiles launched in Iran's retaliation were intercepted before reaching their targets.

"Iran's legitimate defense and counter measures have been concluded. Therefore, the terrorist Israeli regime must be compelled to stop any further military adventurism against our interests," the minister told the UN Security Council during a meeting on the Middle East.

"In case of any use of force by the Israeli regime, and violating our sovereignty, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate a bit to assert its inherent rights, to give a decisive and proper response to it, to make the regime regret its actions."

Israeli officials have not said when or where they would retaliate, but the country's military chief has vowed a response.

Amir-Abdollahian called Iran's actions "limited and proportionate," adding that until recently, Tehran had shown "considerable restraint."

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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