(Tehran) The Iranian Foreign Ministry warned Israel Thursday of any military action against the Islamic Republic, with the Hebrew state threatening Tehran after it was accused of carrying out a fatal attack on an oil tanker off the Iranian coast.
Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 2:35 pm
“In a brazen new violation of international law, the Israeli regime is now openly threatening Iran with military action,” Iranian diplomatic spokesman Said Khatibzadeh said on Twitter.
“We say it clearly: EVERY reckless move against Iran will have a DECISIVE response in return,” warned Khabitzbadeh. “Don’t test us. ”
On July 29, Mercer Street, an oil tanker owned by an Israeli billionaire company, was attacked off the coast of Oman. A British security guard and a Romanian crew member are dead.
The United States, the United Kingdom and Israel have pointed fingers at Tehran, which has been denied.
Following the attack, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid assured that he had spoken to his British counterpart Dominic Raab about “the need for a tough reaction”.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett assured Tuesday that his government was working on a joint response to the attack, but that his country also knew “how to act alone”.
The Iranians need to understand that it is impossible to sit still in Tehran and set the entire Middle East on fire from there. It is finished.
Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
Mercer Street was sailing with no cargo from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Fujairah, United Arab Emirates when it was targeted, according to Zodiac Maritime, which operates the Japanese ship under the Liberian flag.
For years, Israel and Iran have collided directly or indirectly in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. But in recent months this rivalry has expanded with the emergence of a mysterious series of acts of sabotage and attack on the sea.
In March, the Wall Street Journal reported at least a dozen ships en route to Syria, most of them carrying Iranian oil, citing US and Middle East officials, which Israel had attacked Israel mainly with underwater mines since late 2019.