In a letter to the UN chief, Iran’s UN envoy Amir Saeed Iravani said “the preliminary investigation showed that Israel was responsible.”
Tension is escalating in the Middle East. Iran has blamed Israel for a drone attack on a military factory near the central Iranian city of Isfahan, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported Thursday, vowing revenge for the latest episode in a long-running secret war. .
The attack came amid tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear activities and its supply of weapons – including “kamikaze drones” – to Russia for its war in Ukraine, as well as with the anti-government protests that have been going on for months in Iran.
In a letter to the UN chief, Iran’s UN envoy Amir Saeed Iravani said “the preliminary investigation showed that Israel was responsible” for the Saturday night attack, which Tehran said it did not cause. casualties or serious damage.
“Iran reserves its legal and inherent right to defend its national security and respond forcefully to any threat or wrongdoing by the Zionist regime (Israel) wherever and whenever it deems necessary,” Iravani said in the letter.
“This action of the Zionist regime (Israel) goes against international law,” he emphasizes.
Israel has long declared that it is willing to strike Iranian targets; if diplomacy fails to curb Tehran’s nuclear or missile programs, but does not comment on specific incidents.
Talks between Iran and major powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled since September. Under the deal, which Washington pulled out of in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump, Tehran had agreed to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Iran has previously accused Israel of planning attacks using agents inside Iranian soil.
In July, Tehran announced it had arrested a group of Kurdish saboteurs working for Israel who were planning to blow up a “sensitive” defense industry center in Isfahan.
“The equipment and explosives used in the attack in Isfahan were transported to Iran with the help of counter-revolutionary organizations based in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, under the orders of a foreign security agency,” the Iranian Nournews reported yesterday, Wednesday.
Isfahan province is home to nuclear facilities, including Natanz, which is the base of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and which Iran accuses Israel of sabotaging in 2021. In recent years, there have been explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities.
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