News ID: 255675
Published: 0103 GMT July 12, 2019

Defense minister dismisses Netanyahu’s threat, warns of harsh response

Defense minister dismisses Netanyahu’s threat, warns of harsh response

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Friday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent threat against the Islamic Republic, warning that any hostile move against Iran will receive a crushing response.

In comments after Netanyahu’s threat that new Israeli fighter jets can attack Iran, Brigadier General Hatami denounced the warning as a clear violation of the Article 2 of the United Nations Charter, which forbids the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The minister underscored that Iran reserves the legitimate right to self-defense on the basis of Islamic teachings, its defense strategies, and the UN Charter’s Article 51.

The Iranian Armed Forces maintain such high level of readiness that would deal a firm and crushing blow to any enemy at any level intending to violate the Iranian border and territorial integrity, in such a way that the aggressors will regret their action, he underlined.

The general also called on Iran’s Foreign Ministry to take legal action against Israel’s threats through the UN Security Council, and to make the international community show a serious reaction to such threatening moves by Israel, in accordance with the principles of international peace and security.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu warned Tehran that Israel’s F-35 fighter jets can reach “anywhere in the Middle East.”

Standing in front of an F-35 Adir jet during a visit to the Nevatim Air Force Base, Netanyahu said, “It (Iran) should remember that these planes can reach every place in the Middle East, including Iran, and of course also Syria.”

In remarks on Wednesday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad-Hossein Baqeri highlighted the country’s military preparedness to counter foreign threats, saying Iran will give a crushing response to any move threatening the country’s security.



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