TEHRAN -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic will have a “harsh and regrettable response” to any “mistake” committed by Washington or its allies.
President Joe Biden and the occupying regime of Israel’s prime minister Yair Lapid signed a joint strategic declaration n Thursday vowing that the U.S. would use “all elements in its national power” to confront Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“In the gathering of the resistant people of Kermanshah, I say that any mistake by the Americans and their allies in the region and the world will be met with a harsh and regrettable response,” he said in a speech in the western Iranian city.
Raisi said the Islamic Iran today is stronger than ever, adding the United States on the contrary is weaker than ever.
“The great nation of Iran does not accept any kind of insecurity and crisis in the region, and the Muslim nations of the region hate the humiliating relations of their governments with America, which has led to the looting of their country’s wealth,” he said.
The U.S. president spent two days in the occupied territories for talks with Israeli leaders and afterward, he took a direct flight from Occupied Palestine to the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah on the Red Sea to take part in a summit of Persian Gulf allies.
Raisi said, “The Zionist regime should not have a covetous eye on the Middle East and West Asia, and it can never have normal relations in the region.”
The Islamic Republic, he said, does not see the interference of the U.S. and its allies in the region as anything other than creating a crisis, “because these countries are constantly transiting insecurity and terrorism into the region”.
In an interview that aired Wednesday, Biden told Israel’s Channel 12 news that the U.S. would walk away from the stalled nuclear talks if returning to the pact was contingent upon removing Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its blacklist.
Raisi said, “We consider the power of the Americans to be weaker today than ever, and as the Westerners themselves say, the policy of maximum pressure against the Islamic Republic by imposing sanctions and threats has failed, and they should not test these policies of the past again.”
Biden had said he would be willing to use force to counter Iran’s nuclear program as a “last resort”.
His comments, broadcast Wednesday, came in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 taped before he left Washington. Asked about using military force against
Iran, Biden said, “If that was the last resort, yes.”
The Iranian military warned the
United States and the occupying regime of Israel on Friday against threatening Iran with force.
“The Americans and Zionists know very well the price for using the word ‘force against Iran,’” Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, was quoted as saying.
“Biden must have been drowsy when he threatened Iran,” he said, adding, “Watch your soldiers’ pants — they might get wet in the Persian Gulf!”
The Iranian general pointed to disgraceful defeats and debacles of the U.S. and the occupying regime of Israel against the resistance forces in occupied Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.
Gen. Shekarchi pledged that Biden’s verbal threat will not be left unanswered.
Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian also said Friday Iran is now more determined than ever to defend its “inalienable” rights after the U.S.-Israeli “puppet show” in the occupied territories.
In a tweet, Amir-Abdollahian said Iran will continue to progress on the path of “sustainable economic development” and removing sanctions.
“We will never give up the inalienable rights of the great Iranian nation,” he said adding that “achieving a good, strong, lasting agreement is our objective”.
“Without a doubt, the puppet show of the White House and the Zionist regime in the region will make us more determined,” he said.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said the U.S.-Israeli declaration is a threat to all Islamic and Arab countries as it seeks to support the Zionist regime’s so-called “military edge” in the region.
“The joint declaration by Biden and Lapid stresses America’s firm commitment to maintaining Israel’s security and military edge. Do not take it wrong: the aim is not just Iran, but rather, Arab and Islamic countries must always bow to the Zionist regime’s superiority,” he wrote in a tweet on Thursday.
“Therefore, the main source of threat to the region is crystal clear,” he added.
In a separate tweet, the Iranian spokesman said, “Regional states and nations will not achieve stability and peace as long as the fake Israeli regime remains the first stop of U.S. presidents’ trips and their number one aim is to preserve its security and dominance.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the security of its neighbors as its own security,” he added.