Washington 0
18 April 2022

Addressing Israel, President Raisi warned that “if you seek to normalise relations with the countries of the region, you should know that your slightest move is not hidden from the eyes of our armed forces and our intelligence and security forces… Just know that if the slightest move on your part occurs against our nation, our armed forces will target the centre of the Zionist regime [ie, Israel], and the power of our armed forces will not leave you at rest”. Asked to comment on Raisi’s remarks, a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson contended that Iran’s “support for terrorism threatens international security and our partners throughout the region and elsewhere. Of course, that includes Israel. This administration’s commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct… We will use every appropriate tool to confront the IRGC’s destabilising role in the region including working closely with our partners in Israel”.

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