Hours after US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid issued a joint declaration against Iran, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned Thursday of a “harsh and regrettable” response.
Raisi said any “mistake” on the part of the US or its allies in the region will see a “harsh and regrettable” answer from Iran, during a speech at a public meeting in the western city of Kermanshah.
While describing Iran’s military power as a “security factor,” the Iranian president said the interventions of foreign powers in the region only result in “crises and destabilization.”
Reaffirming their resolve to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Raisi’s remarks came shortly after Biden and Lapid in a joint declaration on Thursday.
The statement dubbed the Jerusalem Declaration said, “The United States stresses that integral to this pledge is the commitment never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that it is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.”
Adding that Iran will “not accept insecurity and crisis” in the region, Raisi said some countries in the region have become “transits of insecurity and terrorism” from the West to this region, without dropping any names.
In order to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, Israel signed US-sponsored agreements in 2020.