IRAN: ISRAEL CONFINED TO OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, DOESN’T DARE ACT AGAINST NEIGHBORS
“Israel today is confined to the occupied territories and doesn’t dare to act against its neighbors,” Fars quoted him as saying.
“The existence of this regime in the region is a destabilizing factor, and any individual with human senses would reject Israel’s savage behavior,” Iran’s Tasnim News Agency quoted Dehqan as saying.
Dehqan accused Israel, along with the US and the Gulf states of backing terrorist groups in the region.
On Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed Trump’s sabre-rattling on Iran’s missile tests, calling on Iranians to take part in demonstrations on Friday, the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, to show they were not frightened of American “threats.”
“We are thankful to (Trump) for making our life easy as he showed the real face of America,” Khamenei told a meeting of military commanders in Tehran, according to his website.
Trump responded to a Jan. 29 Iranian missile test by saying “Iran is playing with fire” and imposed fresh sanctions on individuals and entities, some of them linked to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
The White House said the missile test was not a direct breach of Iran’s 2015 nuclear pact with six world powers, but that it “violates the spirit of that.”
When asked about Khamenei’s comments on Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Iran must recognize that the United States is under new leadership.
“This president is not going to sit by and let Iran flout its violations or apparent violations to the joint agreement,” Spicer said at a briefing. “I think Iran is kidding itself if they don’t realize there’s a new president in town.”
Reuters contributed to this report.