Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Netanyahu threatens Iran with a “crushing response” … and Khamenei calls him a clown


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Tel Aviv would not allow Iran to possess a nuclear weapon, adding that Israel “does not count on any agreement with an extremist regime.”

On Tuesday, Netanyahu sent a message to Iran in response to previous statements by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, saying: “We will not allow your extremist and aggressive regime to possess nuclear weapons, we will not allow the delusional mullahs regime to destroy the renaissance of the Jewish people.”

He added, “Tel Aviv will not accept the Iranian position in Syria, nor will it accept accurate missiles in Syria and Lebanon, and its response will be thousands of times overwhelming.” He said, “Regardless of whether there is an agreement or not, we will do everything in our power to prevent the supply of nuclear weapons to you.”

Khamenei responded to Netanyahu, describing him as a “clown”. He said: “This Zionist clown always declares that he will not allow Iran to possess a nuclear weapon. He must know that if Iran wants to possess nuclear weapons, neither he nor those who are greater than him can prevent it.”

In the context, Iran has also stepped up its attack on Israel, as the commander of the “Khatam al-Anbia” headquarters of the Iranian air defense, Major General Ghulam Ali Rashid, confirmed that “Israel will pay a dear price for any mistake it makes in its strategic calculations.” He added, “Israel is working to incite the United States to war against Iran, which will lead to killing American soldiers in the region and destabilizing security and stability.”

At this time, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the Iranian parliament’s objection to the agreement between the International Energy Agency and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was “unnecessary,” and the deputies “should read the joint statement carefully.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “Since today, the implementation of the additional protocol in the nuclear agreement has stopped, and we have informed the IAEA of this since the middle of the month,” noting that “there is nothing suspicious about the agreement between the IAEA and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.”
He added that “the agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency is an important diplomatic success,” explaining that “stopping work on the additional protocol does not mean stopping cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
The Iranian parliament unanimously adopted a decision to refer Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the judiciary due to the recent agreement between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which allows the agency to continue inspections temporarily and in a limited fashion for a period of 3 months.
A number of deputies interpreted this agreement as a violation of the law to lift sanctions and guarantee national interests, which Parliament had previously voted on. The file was also transferred to one of the specialized committees in Parliament for a decision.
“We will continue to cooperate with the IAEA within the NPT and the Safeguards Agreement,” Zarif said, stressing that “accusations cannot be brought against Iran by Europe and the United States. The opposite party is the one who erred and did not implement its obligations.”
For his part, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei pointed out that “the number of new centrifuges in the Natanz and Fordo facilities reached 492,” adding that “Tehran is working on installing 492 other centrifuges.”

Rabiei said, “We are working on installing two series of sixth-generation centrifuges (AR6) in the Fordow reactor,” noting that “the installation of centrifuges is continuing in accordance with the Parliament’s law.”
On Monday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed Washington’s readiness to engage again in talks with Iran to return to the nuclear agreement. He said that the United States is ready to meet with the Iranians within the framework of the 5 + 1 mechanism, to reach a stage in which Iran adheres to its commitments, after which Washington will do the same.
In the context, the Secretary-General of the “NATO” Jens Stoltenberg expressed his concern about Iran’s near possession of a nuclear weapon in addition to its ability to deliver it through its missile program.
In an interview with CNN, he said, “Iran is a source of concern because it is responsible for destabilizing activities in the region. We are concerned about its missile program. We are certainly concerned about Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon.”





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