Iran’s armed forces will target Israel’s heart if it makes ‘the slightest move’ against the Islamic Republic, President Ebrahim Raisi said during a military parade on Monday, amid stalled talks between Tehran and the powers to revive a nuclear pact of 2015.
Israel, widely believed to have the only atomic arsenal in the Middle East, says it will not be bound by any Iranian nuclear deal and may eventually take unilateral action against Iranian nuclear sites.
“The Zionist Regime [Israel]you should know that… if you make the slightest move against our nation, our armed forces will target the heart of the Zionist regime,” Raisi said in a televised address during a military parade to mark National Army Day. .
Troops marched past the podium where Raisi stood with army officers. Helicopters flew overhead and paratroopers fell over the parade area near the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Islamic State.
The United States and Iran have been engaged in indirect talks for more than a year to salvage the pact. Washington quit in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
But the talks were suspended last month over the unresolved question of whether the United States could remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the list of American foreign terrorist organizations, as demanded by Tehran.
Iran reacted by violating the limits of the agreement on its nuclear program. As part of the deal, Iran limited its nuclear efforts in exchange for economic sanctions relief.
He accused Israel of several attacks on facilities linked to the program and of killing Iranian nuclear scientists.
Israel has neither denied nor confirmed these allegations.
Israel, which the Islamic Republic refuses to recognize, says it will not accept the Islamic Republic as “a nuclear threshold state”.
Missiles, armored personnel carriers, unmanned surveillance planes and small submarines were also part of the parade.
“Our strategy is defense and not attack,” Raisi said, adding that “the Iranian military has taken the opportunity of the sanctions very well to empower itself, and our military industries are now in top shape.” “.