Iran warns Israel, US of ‘severe response’ in case of retaliation



[File pic] Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier- General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani inspects an Iranian missile during an unveiling ceremony in Tehran (Aljazeera)

Iran has warned Israel of a larger attack on its territory should it retaliate against Tehran’s overnight drone and missile attacks,  adding that the United States should not back an Israeli military action.

“If the Zionist regime [Israel] or its supporters demonstrate reckless behaviour, they will receive a decisive and much stronger response,” Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said in a statement on Sunday.

Raisi’s statement follows a similar warning by Iranian military chief, Major-General Mohammad Bagheri, who told state TV that a “much larger” response awaits Israel “if it retaliates against Iran”.  Bagheri said the Iranian attack on Israel “has achieved all its goals, and in our view the operation has ended, and we do not intend to continue”.

Earlier on Sunday, he warned the US that any backing of Israeli retaliation would result in its bases being targeted by Iran.

The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary guard Corps  (IRGC), Hossein Salami, also warned that Tehran would retaliate against any Israeli attacks on its interests, officials or citizens.  “From now on, whenever Israel attacks Iranian interests… we will attack from Iran.”

Meanwhile, Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations justified Tehran’s response to Israeli “aggression” as a “legitimate defence” in accordance with the UN charter.