Iran warns Israel — Analysis

On National Army Day, President Ebrahim Raisi warned the “Zionist regime” against making “the smallest movement” on Iran

Ebrahim Raisi the Iranian President warned Israel that his military will strike on Monday “the center of the Zionist regime” if Israel made “the smallest movement”Iran. Tehran makes bellicose remarks on National Army Day every year, which is marked by parades and displays of strength.

“Our message to the Zionist regime is that if you are after normalizing relations with some countries in the region, you must know that not even your smallest movements are hidden from our intelligence, security, and armed forces,” Raisi said, referring to Israel’s recent normalization of diplomatic ties with several Arab states, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“And you must know that if you make the smallest movement against the Iranian nation, the destination of our armed forces will be the center of the Zionist regime,” Raisi added.

US says Israel free to act against Iran

Iran’s leaders usually use National Army Day to issue such threats to Israel and the United States. Last year’s National Army Day parade featured a display of drones daubed with “Down With Israel” slogans.

Iran, however has continued to follow through with its threats. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed in March to have launched a volley of precision missile strikes at “the Zionists’ strategic center of plotting and evil”In Erbil, northern Iraq. Israel has denied that it operates any of these facilities in Iraq.

In the background, negotiations to restore 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action are in stalemate. Official title for the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement is JCPOA. In exchange for Iran ceasing its nuclear program, the agreement was signed by the US and EU. Trump was the ex-US President and unilaterally pulled out of the 2018 deal, claiming Iran was violating its obligations.

In February, after a year-long negotiation in Vienna (Austria), a deal was close to being reached. Russia wanted assurances that US sanctions against Moscow, imposed after the offensive in Ukraine, would not stop it trading with Iran. Russia stated that it was given these assurances. Iran, however, demanded Washington’s guarantee that any US President would not unilaterally withdraw from a revised agreement.

These concerns have not been addressed by the US, as Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, stated earlier in this month. “America is responsible for the halt of these talks,”Calling on the USA to “make a political decision for the deal’s revival.”

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