Iran vows "expected and unexpected" moves if U.S. exits deal

Aaron Brown
April 23, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out the "huge gap" between the "moderate" words of Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the actions of his nation.

Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units. "I'm unimpressed by his remarks".

"What is important is for the Europeans to bring the United States into compliance because Iran has been in compliance with the deal", he said.

The US "has not only failed to implement its side, but is even asking for more", Zarif, told reporters on Saturday in NY.

But asked if that meant war was imminent, he said: "I hope not".

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, also fuelled concern about escalation when she said that preventing Iran's entrenchment in Syria was one of the Trump administration's top priorities.

At the same time, Al Jazeera points to a clash between Iran-backed militias and USA forces in May 2017 as evidence that there could be an uptick in low-level conflict as the two sides "test the boundaries" of their competing roles.

The US, British and French forces launched over 100 missiles on Syria, and Russian Federation said Damascus had managed to dodge 71. Israel's military spokesman declined to comment. "Now they are more explicit about stating it".

"The easiest answer would be to stop - to stop these acts of aggression, to stop these incursions".

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In a report on human rights released by the State Department Saturday, China, Russia, Iran and North Korea were singled out as "morally reprehensible" governments that it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them "forces of instability". Meanwhile, Iran has not directed those Syrian militias to target American forces, even though some have publicly vowed to ultimately oust the United States from the region. Tehran blamed Israel and vowed unspecified retaliation, drawing Israeli counter-threats to broaden attacks on Iranian military assets in Syria.

Trump has said he wants to rip up the Iran nuclear deal, and his new National Security Advisor John Bolton has advocated for regime change in Tehran.

"Whenever the system [the Islamic Republic] decides, we are ready to move like an army".

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, said Friday that a war between Iran and Israel would lead to the latter's total annihilation.

"Israel: Don't trust in your airbases; they're within reach", Salami wrote on Twitter. "And you'll have nowhere to run, except to fall into the sea".

Earlier, Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the nuclear treaty with Iran unless the document is stiffened and new restrictions are imposed on the Iranian missile programme till May 12.

"To try to appease the president, I think, would be an exercise in futility", he said.

"It's seriously not worth it for you to test the IDF, nor the State of Israel", he said.

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