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Iran warns of a tit-for-tat if Israel attacked its nuclear sites

TEHRAN: Iran has threatened Israel of a tit-for-tat if the latter attacked the nuclear sites of Iran. An IRGC official threatened that if Israel launched attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Zionist regime will surely face “tit-for-tat” retaliation with “advanced weapons” by Iran.

“If the Zionist regime decides to take action against our nuclear facilities and centers, it will definitely face our reaction,” Nuclear Protection and Security Corps chief General Ahmad Haqtalab asserted.

He issued the warning ahead of Israeli attack on Iran following Iran’s Operation True Promise to in response to Israel which assassinated seven Iranian military advisors in Iran’s consulate in Damascus on April 1.

Attack on diplomatic premises is considered attack on a country’s territory based on the Charter 51 of the United Nations.

“If the fake Zionist regime attacked our nuclear centers to put pressure on Iran, it is possible and conceivable to revise the nuclear doctrine and policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and digress from the previously declared considerations,” the IRGC official stated, Press TV reported.  

He added, “The nuclear centers of the Zionist enemy have been identified and the necessary information about all the targets is at our disposal, and in order to respond to their possible actions, the hands are on the trigger, so to speak, for firing powerful missiles to destroy the identified targets.”

“Thanks to … our highly advanced facilities and equipment, as well as due to the dispersion of our country’s nuclear facilities and complexes in the vast land of Iran, we are ready to deal with any threat from the Zionist regime,” he said.

The senior military officer said Israel’s threats are not new and “the fake Zionist regime, in addition to threats, has engaged in sabotage and terrorist acts” against Iran’s nuclear industry before.

“Although, based on international protocols and standards and the rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency, all countries have been prevented from attacking nuclear facilities, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been prepared to deal with these threats from the very beginning,” he noted.

Meanwhile, according to reports, Israeli missiles targeted a site within Iran, as confirmed by a US official. This development followed Iran’s drone strike on Israel in response to an attack at the Iranian embassy in Syria.

An explosion was reported at an airport in Isfahan, Iran. Isfahan province houses several Iranian nuclear facilities, including Natanz, a critical uranium enrichment center. As a result of the escalating tensions, numerous flights were diverted over Iranian airspace.

Over the past weekend, Iran launched a barrage of drones and missiles in retaliation for what it perceived as an Israeli strike on its embassy compound in Syria. However, the majority of these projectiles were intercepted before reaching Israeli territory.

Iran has appealed to the United Nations Security Council, urging intervention to compel Israel to cease its military actions. Meanwhile, the UN secretary-general cautioned about the heightened risk in the Middle East.

Israel had previously announced its intention to retaliate against Iran’s missile and drone attack on April 13. Concerns have been raised by analysts and observers regarding the potential escalation of the Israel-Gaza conflict, which could engulf the wider region in turmoil.

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