US or its Allies ‘mistake’ will be met by a ‘Harsh and Regrettable Response’ – Iran’s President

President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi

Iran will respond to any “mistake” made by Washington or its allies with a “harsh and regrettable response,” according to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and US President Joe Biden signed a joint declaration on Thursday pledging to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, demonstrating the partners’ unity after years of disagreement over how to approach Tehran diplomatically.

According to the state-run IRNA news agency, Raisi attributed the region’s instability on the US and “its regional allies.”

According to Reuters, Raisi warned in a speech that “The great nation of Iran will not accept any insecurity or crisis in the region and Washington and its allies should know that any mistake will be met by a harsh and regrettable response from Iran.”

The United States promises in the joint declaration signed on Thursday “never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” stating that it “is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.”

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Regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Washington and Israel have long expressed worry. However,  Iran has steadfastly maintained that it has never desired to produce a nuclear weapon.

Israel, which holds the region’s sole but undeclared nuclear arsenal, is adamantly opposed to any agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, which Tehran claims is for peaceful purposes.

Lapid warned that “words” and “diplomacy” would be insufficient to deter Iran’s purported nuclear goals.

“The only thing that will stop Iran is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear programme, the free world will use force,” he claimed.

Former US President Donald Trump disrupted a key agreement that would have limited Iran’s dubious nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief in 2018.

Since March, attempts to resurrect the agreement have stagnated.

According to Al Jazeera’s report, Biden and Lapid also discussed “integrating Israel into the region in the sense of normalising ties” with other Arab states.

Before Air Force One undertakes the first publicly acknowledged direct journey from Israel to Saudi Arabia on Friday, the US president will visit the occupied West Bank to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority.

Following Israel’s establishment of diplomatic connections with Riyadh’s Gulf neighbors, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Biden stated that the voyage itself “represents significant progress.”

“Israel’s integration in the region, Israel’s peace with its neighbours, these are essential goals,” according to Biden.