Tensions between Iran and Israel remain high as US President Joe Biden attempts to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Israel is opposed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) claiming it is inadequate and will embolden Tehran in its weapons programmes.
According to reports, both sides are drawing up plans of attack and Iran’s Defence Minister said the country would retaliate if attacked.
Iran’s Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami dismissed Israeli leaders as “dogs” and said the country was “too small to show hostility to the Islamic Republic”.
He said: “The Zionist regime knows – and if it does not know, it should know – that if it makes a mistake, the Islamic Republic will raze down Tel Aviv and Haifa.
“I advise them not to make this mistake, even in words.”
This is not the first time Iran has threatened to attack Haifa and Tel Aviv.
Back in January, Iranian Armed Forces spokesperson Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said Tehran could “level Haifa and Tel Aviv in the shortest possible time”.
Last week, Israeli’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel “will never allow Iran to become nuclear-capable or anywhere close to it”.
He told Fox News Radio: “If the world stops them before, it’s very much good.
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These are also the only machines Iran can accumulate enriched uranium with.
Under the Trump administration, the US imposed crippling sanctions on Iran after Donald Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear agreement in 2018.
Iran began publicly exceeding enrichment limits set by the agreement saying it would return to compliance if the US did the same.
Mr Biden has suggested the US will return to the deal and he would seek to tighten Tehran’s nuclear constraints.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month his country would stop Iran’s nuclear programme “with or without” the JCPOA.
He said: “You know my policy. Iran is Israel’s biggest enemy.
“I am determined to fend it off. We are striking at it all over the region.”
The Iranian government soon responded, accusing Israel of being the biggest threat to regional stability.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Tehran, said: “We strongly reject this accusation.
“The Zionist regime knows very well that our response to our security issues and areas is always firm and precise.”