Iran UN envoy: Any attack will be met with decisive retaliation

Iranian UN envoy reaffirms that any attack on Iran, its interest, or its nationals is a red line, and it will be retaliated against decisively.

  • Iran’s permanent representative to the UN Amir Saeid Iravani –undated– (IRNA)

Iran’s permanent representative and ambassador to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani, reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s unwavering commitment to retaliate decisively against any attack on the country, its interests, or its nationals, under any pretext, IRNA reported.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday night, Iravani emphasized that it is Iran’s fundamental policy to retaliate decisively against any threats from adversaries targeting the nation.

Responding to recent speculation about diplomatic exchanges between the United States and Iran, Iravani refuted claims of messages being passed between the two nations via intermediaries. He clarified that no such communication had taken place.

Recent reports suggested that the United States had conveyed messages to Iran, expressing a desire to avoid a large-scale war. In response, Iran reiterated its stance, declaring any attack on its soil as a red line, with a warning of an appropriate and robust response. However, both Washington and Tehran have not officially confirmed the alleged communication.

In a letter to the President of the Security Council on Monday, Iran’s UN envoy, Iravani, clarified the country’s position, stating that Iran bears no responsibility for the actions of any individual or group in the region. He reiterated Iran’s previous communications, dated December 4, 2023, and January 2, 2024, emphasizing that no affiliated groups, whether in Iraq, Syria, or elsewhere, operate directly or indirectly on behalf of Iran.

Iravani also criticized the United States for violating international laws and the United Nations Charter through its military actions in Iraq and Syria, particularly citing Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter. 

Read more: Iran strongly denies baseless US claims of involvement in Jordan op.

US warmongers against Iran after Iraqi resistance target military base in Jordan

This escalation follows the resistance operation targeting a US military base in Jordan which resulted in the death of three soldiers and the injury of 34 others. Later Politico published a piece reporting the warmongering euphoria in the US bureaucracy

Democrat Senators seemed to warmonger against Resistance groups, in this case against the Islamic Resistance in Iraq specifically. Republican Senators, on the other hand, seem to warmonger against Iran

Both Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ben Cardin (Democrat) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (Democrat) called for “deliberate and proportional” responses, while Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker (Republican) added that the US must strike “directly against Iranian targets and its leadership.” Similarly, Senator Tom Cotton (Republican) said, as quoted by Politico, “The only answer to these attacks must be devastating military retaliation against Iran’s terrorist forces, both in Iran and across the Middle East.”

“The only answer to these attacks must be devastating military retaliation against Iran’s terrorist forces, both in Iran and across the Middle East,” said Senator Tom Cotton (Republican). 

Furthermore, General Joseph Votel, who served as head of US Central Command from 2016 to 2019 (during Trump’s administration), told Politico in an exclusive interview that Biden should send an “unambiguous” message that the US holds Iran responsible. Washington should consider striking assets of value to Iran, he said, such as leaders of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps and al-Quds Force, or sites associated with the IRGC.

He argued that the only way to protect US troops in the region is by launching an attack against Iran; otherwise, they must reassess troop deployments in the region and pressure “Israel” into a ceasefire in Gaza because that is what has been causing the uptick in Resistance operations recently. 

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