Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Monday that if Israel took action against the Islamic republic, the military 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 alone,” Raisi declared during 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, claimed Israel was using a dozen ballistic missiles fired 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 hosted meetings in which top 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 world powers tried to resurrect a 2015 nuclear deal 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 claimed was an act of sabotage by Israel.