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Tehran warns Israel on making ‘tiniest move’

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi yesterday warned that Israel will be targetted by his country’s armed forces if it makes “the tiniest move” against Iran.

He spoke as talks stalled in Vienna over a deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear capabilities, which Tehran said are used for peaceful purposes. Israel opposes a deal.

Raisi addressed Israel directly during a speech at an annual parade of Iran’s armed forces.
“If the tiniest move by you happens against the nation of Iran, centre of the Zionist regime will be destination of our armed forces,” Raisi said, referring to Tel Aviv.

Raisi did not elaborate but said Iran watches any move by Israel “closely”. Tehran has accused Israel of sabotaging its nuclear sites and assassinating its nuclear scientists.

The nuclear deal collapsed four years ago when former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States and imposed crushing sanctions on Iran.

Iran insists its nuclear programme has aimed at generating power and for medical purposes.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. PHOTO: AP