Mahmoud Vaezi, the bureau chief of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, criticized Israeli statements regarding new plans for operations against Iran if the United States returned to the nuclear deal.
In response to a question about Iran’s response to the Israeli threats, Vaezi said: “Our people and the peoples of the region are aware of the literature repeated by the officials of the Zionist regime. They talk a lot and seek psychological warfare, and they have no plan or ability to do so,” according to the Iranian Fars news agency. .
“Our armed forces are trained to defend Iran, and the various maneuvers in which we participated are a sign that we do not intend to go to war, but we are serious about defending the country,” Vaezi added.
And General Aviv Kochavi, Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, said on Tuesday that his country’s army is renewing plans for operations against Iran, adding that any return to the United States of the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015 with Tehran would be a “mistake.”
Kochavi’s comments came as a clear signal to the new US president, Joe Biden, to tread carefully in any diplomatic engagement with Iran.
“Returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement, or even reaching a similar and amended agreement, would be a bad thing and a mistake on the practical and strategic levels,” the prominent general said in a speech to the Institute for National Security Studies of Tel Aviv University.
Kochavi indicated in his statements that Israel seeks to establish a new regional alliance against Iran that includes Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan and the Arab Gulf states, in addition to Israel.
He added, “Iran is not only an Israeli problem, but an international problem, because it fuels terrorism in the world in general and in the Middle East in particular.” He added that instructions have been issued to draw up plans for military operations related to Iran, but the decision to implement them will remain in the hands of political officials.
“Some officials in the Zionist entity believe, of course, that everything they say will be accepted by Washington … But I think that the new American administration, like other countries, enjoys its independence,” Vaezi, director of Rouhani’s office, said in his press statements on Wednesday.
Majid Takht Rawanji, Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations, also stated that Iran reserves its right to respond to any threats from Israel, according to Iran’s Fars news agency.
“Israel continues to lie, deceive and use fabricated information to show that Iran’s nuclear program poses a threat to the region,” Rawangi said, in a speech delivered on Tuesday evening at a UN meeting.
He stressed that Israel’s threats are aimed at covering up its nuclear arsenal and undermining stability in the region, adding that his country “reserves its right to respond to any Israeli threats.”
“Iran will not hesitate to defend itself, and we will respond forcefully to any threat to our national security,” Rawangi said.
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, a move welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who criticized the approach to easing sanctions on Iran and warned of the possibility of developing Iranian nuclear weapons after their expiration date.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the United States had a “long way to go” to decide whether to join the deal, and would need to know what Iran had already done to resume compliance with the agreement.