The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, stated this Friday (2) that the country will not start a war, but will “respond strongly” to anyone who tries to intimidate him. The statement comes in response to recent US reports of possible plans to attack Iranian targets in Iraq and Syria.
Speculation has been growing this week about how Washington will respond to the attack on the American military base in Jordan, which resulted in the deaths of three American soldiers last Saturday. The group responsible for the attack is reportedly supported by Iran.
US-approved attack plans
CBS News, citing US officials, reported on Thursday that the United States had approved plans for strikes in Iraq and Syria over several days. The targets of the attacks would include Iranian personnel and facilities in the respective countries.
In a televised speech, Raisi declared: “We will not start any war, but if anyone wants to intimidate us, they will receive a strong response”. Raisi also noted a change in the US approach towards Iran: “Before, when they (the Americans) wanted to talk to us, they said that the military option was on the table. Now they say they have no intention of conflicting with us“.
Iran’s military power in the region does not pose a threat
Raisi assured that Iranian military power in the region “is not and has never been a threat to any country“, but it is, on the contrary, a security guarantee that countries in the region can trust.
American officials, however, told Reuters that the drone responsible for the attack on the American military base in Jordan was manufactured by Iran. They also mentioned that Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were withdrawing their senior officers from Syria.
It is worth remembering that Iranian advisers currently assist armed groups in Iraq, where the US has around 2,500 soldiers, and in Syria, where it has 900 soldiers.