Iran on Thursday vowed a ‘decisive response’ to any Israeli military action after Tel Aviv threatened Tehran over an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off Oman late last month.
“In another brazen violation of Int’l law, [the] Israeli regime now blatantly threatens Iran with military action,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted.
“We state this clearly: ANY foolish act against Iran will be met with a DECISIVE response,” he added. “Don’t test us.”
Khatibzadeh blamed the West for Israel's "malign behavior," saying that Tel Aviv's conduct was the outcome of Western countries' "blind" support.
The United States, Britain and Israel blamed Iran for the suspected drone strike on July 29 in which two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian, were killed. Tehran denies any involvement, Reuters reported.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Tel Aviv was "working on enlisting the world" in response to the attack but said "we also know how to act alone".
Call for de-escalation
In response to Israeli threat of striking Iran, the United Nations called on all parties to de-escalate the situation.
“What is important is for all of the parties who are involved to avoid any escalatory action or rhetoric that could make the tense situation worse,” said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in New York on Thursday.
The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday warned the enemies, especially Israel, against issuing threats against Iran, reminding them that the Islamic Republic’s reaction to any act of aggression will be crushing.
“The enemies who have been speaking these days with a language of threats about the Islamic Republic’s Establishment, particularly the usurping Zionist regime, must develop an understanding of the realities about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s and the IRGC’s defense and offense power,” said Major General Hossein Salami, according to Press TV.
“Under our defense policies and strategies, there is no action by any enemy, anywhere, and on any scale that will be tolerated and will not have us react harshly and firmly.”
Salami said Iran’s missile, naval and drone units are presently at an “unprecedented level of preparedness” for “any scenario”.
He said insecurity in the region is rooted in the enemies’ aggressive policies, adding: “Our enemies must know that the era is over for them to be able to threaten our interests or forces somewhere, but face no reaction.”
“This is not a diplomatic message, but one from the field. We speak from the field [of war],” Salami warned.
“Those who speak against us with threatening rhetoric — including the Zionist regime’s premier and its other officials — should beware of the dangerous repercussions of their statements and exercise the necessary caution in their calculations,” he said.