Iran warns US of stronger reaction if its borders violated again: Tasnim

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, center, Iran’s head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, looks at debris from a downed US drone put on display by the Revolutionary Guard in Tehran on June 21, 2019. (Tasnim News/AFP)
Updated 27 June 2019

Iran warns US of stronger reaction if its borders violated again: Tasnim

  • ‘The downing of their drone was a good experience for them to avoid any aggression against our borders’
  • Iran said the unmanned US aircraft was in its air space, which Washington denied

DUBAI: Iran warned the United States against violating its borders, with parliament speaker Ali Larijani threatening a stronger reaction, the Tasnim news agency said on Thursday, a week after Tehran shot down a US drone, spiking tension between them.

“The downing of their drone was a good experience for them to avoid any aggression against our borders,” the semi-official agency quoted Larijani as saying late on Wednesday.

“Iran’s reaction will be stronger if they repeat their mistake of violating our borders.”

Iran said the unmanned US aircraft was in its air space, which Washington denied. Trump ordered retaliatory air strikes but called them off at the last minute, later saying too many people would have died.

The rhetoric between the sides has heated up, with Trump threatening Iran’s “obliteration.” On Wednesday, Trump said any war between Iran and the United States would be swift, but reiterated his desire to avoid a military confrontation even while blasting Tehran’s leaders.

Some 116 Iranian human rights defenders and groups around the globe have warned of “devastating” consequences of a military conflict between the arch foes, said the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

“We also fear that military action against Iran will be disastrous for millions of ordinary people and could lead to the type of violent sectarian civil conflict seen in neighboring countries,” said a statement signed by activists, lawyers and journalists.

Tehran and Washington have been at odds since last year when Trump exited Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the pact in return for Tehran limiting its nuclear work, including its enrichment of uranium.

In reaction to Washington’s increasingly crippling sanctions, Tehran has quadrupled its production of uranium and said on Wednesday it will exceed limits, set by the nuclear deal, on its enrichment of uranium as of Thursday unless EU took steps to save the deal.

In an unprecedented step that has increased tensions, Trump on Monday targeted Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials with new US sanctions. Iran has rejected the latest sanctions as an “idiotic” move.


OIC members call for action against Israel over Jordan Valley annexation

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OIC members call for action against Israel over Jordan Valley annexation

  • Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki warns dispute with Israel is now religious conflict
  • Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Assaf calls on international community to shoulder its responsibilities

DUBAI: Members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have condemned Israel for its continued plans to annex more parts of Palestine.

Speaking at an emergency meeting in Jeddah, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Assaf called on the international community to “shoulder its responsibilities’ regarding the “ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.”

“We condemn the dangerous escalation by the Israeli Prime Minister,” Al-Assaf added.                  

And he said that any announcements or actions on the matter by Israel were “null and void.”

The minister’s remarks came in response to the recent announcement on Sept. 8, by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he intended to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s pledge, widely viewed as an attempt to attract hardline right-wing votes in next week’s Israeli elections, was also condemned by the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the UN, the EU, Jordan, Turkey and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.

“We condemn Israel’s continued attempt to change the historical identity of Palestine,” OIC Secretary General, Yousef Al-Othaimeen told the emergency meeting on Sunday.

And he added: “We call on the international community to put an end to Israel’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki warned the meeting that the dispute with Israel had become a religious conflict because of its violations.

And he described the announcement regarding the Jordan Valley as a “serious threat.”

“Netanyahu’s announcement of its intention to include the Jordan Valley undermines international agreements and resolutions,” Al-Maliki added.