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“Psychological warfare”: Iran rejects threat of Israeli military action | Conflict News

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Tehran, Iran – President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff has said that the Biden administration is independent and will not follow all Israeli commands like the previous US government, after Israel announced it was reviewing plans to attack it. Iran.

The IDF is preparing “a number of operational plans, in addition to those already in place” in response to Iran’s strengthening of its nuclear program in recent months, said Gen. Aviv Kochavi said Tuesday.

His comments were seen as a threat to the new President of the United States, Joe Biden, who signaled that he wanted to return to the landmark nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015.

Iranian Presidential Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi called Kochavi’s remarks “psychological warfare” and said that Israel “in action, they have neither a plan nor the capacity to carry it out”.

“Some Zionist regime officials think Washington would accept whatever they say,” he told reporters Wednesday after a cabinet meeting. “But I believe the new US administration has its own independence – just like other countries have their own independence.”

Vaezi said former US President Donald Trump appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who appeased Israel and carried out his will in Washington.

The official added that Israel and others in the region, such as Saudi Arabia, are now lobbying against Iran in Washington, but “we must not take such things seriously.”

Vaezi pointed out that Iran had organized several military exercises using missiles, submarines and drones in January, which he called “a sign that we do not want war, but that we are seriously defending the country. “.

Asked by reporters about the Israeli military chief’s remarks, First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said, “Israel is not at a level to threaten Iran.”

Nuclear deal

Biden has vowed to revitalize the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal with world powers from which his predecessor unilaterally withdrew in 2018, imposing severe economic sanctions on Iran.

But US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has suggested the process will be slow and the United States will expect Iran to act first. Iran, meanwhile, has said it will re-engage all of its nuclear promises if the United States removes the sanctions first.

Rouhani noted on Wednesday that it was the United States that withdrew from the deal in 2018, not Iran. “The [US] owes us, not the other way around, ”he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who played a key role in shaping a hawkish Iranian policy under Trump, opposes a return to the nuclear deal or any kind of deal with Iran.


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