Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has claimed that in the wake of its uranium enrichment ramp-up, Iran is veering toward a war in which it may suffer heavy losses.

Speaking to Israel Army Radio, Katz pledged that the Jewish state would not “allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, even if it has to act alone on that”.

Relations between Iran and Israel remain strained, with the Jewish state repeatedly accusing the Islamic Republic of supporting “terrorist” groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and of waging proxy wars in countries such as Syria which could pose a threat to Israel’s security. Iran denies the charges, accusing Israel and its allies of engaging in military aggression throughout the region.

Katz referred to the Islamic Republic’s “mistakes in the grey area” which Katz claimed would “lead it to the red zone — a war in which it will be hit hard”.

He also described Iran increasing its uranium enrichment volumes as a “wake-up call” for Europe.

“Feeding the Iranian tiger will not help; only an aggressive policy and sanctions and support for the US policy will quickly show that it is a paper tiger”, Katz argued.

US’ Accusations Against Iran Over Its Increasing Uranium Enrichment

The remarks come after US President Donald Trump accused Iran of “playing with fire,” while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that “the Iranian regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the region and to the world”, Pompeo said in a statement.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, for his part, tweeted, “There is no reason for Iran to increase its enrichment unless it’s part of an effort to reduce the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons”.

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This comes after the Iranian Students’ News Agency quoted Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as saying Monday that Tehran has stockpiled over 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of enriched uranium, which is out of sync with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA).

At the same time, Zarif’s spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Tehran’s steps to decrease its commitments under the JCPOA are “reversible” and urged Europe to accelerate its efforts to save the deal.

On 8 May, Zarif said that Tehran would not be carrying out “some [of its] voluntary commitments” to the JCPOA, as the EU and other states had failed to resist pressure from the US, who pulled out of the accord last year and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. Since then, Iran has increased uranium enrichment fourfold.

US-Iranian Tensions on the Rise

Zarif’s current statement comes amid increasing tensions between Tehran and Washington which further deteriorated on 20 June, when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that that they had downed a US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone flying over the coastal province of Hormozgan because it violated the country’s airspace.

The US Central Command, for its part, claimed that the unmanned aerial vehicle was hit while operating over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

Shortly after, President Trump took to Twitter to claim that he halted a military strike against three sites in Iran a mere 10 minutes before it was set to be carried out, upon learning that some 150 Iranians were projected to die in the attack.

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IRGC Commander-in-Chief, Major General Hossein Salami, for his part, warned that the downing of the drone was a “clear message” to Washington that Tehran would “react strongly” to any aggression.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been on the rise since Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA on 8 May 2018.

Exactly a year after, Tehran suspended some of its obligations under the JCPOA, in what was followed by the US imposing more anti-Iranian sanctions and sending an aircraft carrier strike force to the Persian Gulf in a “direct message” to the Islamic Republic.

 

Source: Sputnik

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There’s no doubt in my mind Iran will suffer heavily but like a professional boxer, its how much you can take as much as you give. How much is Israel willing to take? Honest question.

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The Zionists think they are so tough. Do they really think Iran is unable to take them down? I’d say no. Technology isn’t gonna save the Zionists.

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+++ “Technology isn’t gonna save the Zionists”
>>> It will just avoid them taking serious hits while wiping out their enemies.

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Listen moron, your beloved Israel has no chance. Are you even aware that the IDF couldn’t beat Hezbollah? Or are you in denial of that?

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Keep sucking Bibi’s c0ck you Hasbara-rats! And hope Iran level down Hasbara-troll-center ????

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+++ “There’s no doubt in my mind Iran will suffer heavily but like a professional boxer, its how much you can take as much as you give” >>> .44 Magnum vs. professional boxer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38mE6ba3qj8 Do you feel lucky, punk? +++ “How much is Israel willing to take? Honest question.” >>> Answer is simple : letting Khamenei and his mafia going nuclear means they’ll wipe out Israel ASAP. Both Khomeini and Khamenei have made their intentions more than clear for decades and you have enough lunatics in Hamas or Hezbo willing to smuggle even some very serious devices and blow… Read more »

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Iran doesn’t want and cannot have nuclear weapons due a religious fatwa issued by the late Ayatollah Khomeini who called using and possessing nuclear weapons as diabolic and anti Islamic. Iran needs nuclear energy instead both for its economic needs and to create nuclear powered turbines for its super tanker fleet.

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With a total Zionist military age manpower of barely 2.7 million criminals, they would run of manpower in 4-6 weeks of sustained asymmetrical warfare that will destroy Zionist hovels and infrastructure, the first thing Iran and Hezbollah will do is to destroy Zionist airports. People forget that occupied Palestine is a very small and narrow sliver of coastal land that can be shut down by a few well placed missile strikes.

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Zionist scum cant even defeat Hamas . they are talking about hitting hard to iran and Hezbollah. Zionist has forgotton 2006 look like this time they want the grave. If Zionist have guts go to open war let see how much Zionist can take and how much iran can take.

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In 2006, Nasrallah said had he knew Israel reaction would be so violent, he wouldn’t had started this war. He whined like a cry baby that Hezbollah would disarm would the UNSC order ceasefire. C’mon, Hezb had 2000 fighters and 3,000 reservists and ended with 2,100+ casualties incl. a third of fatalities. Without UNSC, Hezb would have been finished off. Israel can’t beat Hamas? Are you sure? You know that a F-16 carries more bombs than a WW2 B-17, and a F-15 more than a B-29? You think they can’t do this to Gaza? They can’t or… They don’t want?… Read more »

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Hahaha keep on crying attempt of human being cos that what Jews are.. filthy parasitic rats, filth and enemy of humanity.

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The simple military equation is that the criminal Zionist entity is scared and blowing hot air. It does not have the manpower or the strategic depth to fight a long term war on multiple fronts with a large powerhouse like Iran. The Zionists will collapse after a few weeks of sustained conflict spread over a large area, that is why they want the dumb brainwashed Americans to die for them. Zionists know that a sustained conflict with a motivated power like Iran will destroy them and that is why they utter these idiotic threats which are laughable.

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Hang on a second Israel…It was the USA THAT PULLED OUT OF THE JCPOA not Iran. Iran has done more than what was required in the plan but what happens? The USA pulls out of the deal, slaps more sanctions on It, tries to implicate Iran in some oil tanker attacks, ramps up the rhetoric and aggression against Iran and at the same time expects Iran to still comply with the plan and then some! Are you kidding me? Adding insult to injury they expect Iran to go to Washington to discuss another deal but with preconditions!! Aaaaaand Europe hasn’t… Read more »

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+++ “even if it has to act alone on that” >>> And since everybody knows what having them “act alone” means, everybody will opt for a collective action in order to minimise the consequences. +++ “of supporting “terrorist” groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and of waging proxy wars in countries such as Syria which could pose a threat to Israel’s security. Iran denies the charges, accusing Israel and its allies of engaging in military aggression throughout the region.” >>> Hezbollah has been linked to terrorist attacks in about 40 countries. Hezb has never hid being on Iran’s payroll, and… Read more »

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Read the full text of the JCPOA agreement before you open your mouth. It is clearly specified that: “If any of the guarantors and signatories of the deal fail to honor their commitments of the deal, than Iran has a right to retract from its obligations accordingly.” The US not only failed to honor its commitments but Blatantly breached the JCPOA deal and UNSC Resolution 2231. The EU followed suit and did not live up to their commitments either and no excuse of “US pressure” can justify their stance since the US is in breach of UNSC resolution 2231 and… Read more »