Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday warned of a “harsh and regrettable” response, hours after US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid issued a joint declaration against Iran.
Speaking at a public meeting in the western city of Kermanshah, 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.
The Iranian president said the interventions of foreign powers in the region only result in “crises and destabilization,” while describing Iran’s military power as a “security factor.”
Raisi’s remarks came shortly after Biden and Lapid in a joint declaration on Thursday reaffirmed their resolve to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“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,” read the statement dubbed the Jerusalem Declaration.
Without dropping any names, Raisi said some countries in the region have become “transits of insecurity and terrorism” from the West to this region, adding that Iran will not accept insecurity and crisis in the region.
Repeating what he said in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Raisi reiterated that normalization deals between Israel and some regional states will not bring security to Israel.