TEHRAN (Iran News) – Spokesman of the Iranian government Ali Rabiei said that the US “must stop its illegal and unacceptable behavior before it is too late.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not be a spectator of America’s provocations,” Rabiei said while reacting to the US warplanes’ fly-by of an Iranian civilian airliner over Syria on July 23, IRNA reported.
Noting that Iran has sent a report and a complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) about the US fighter jets’ dangerous maneuvering close to Mahan Air’s Flight 1152, Rabiei said ”Tehran is simultaneously examining all other legal options.”
Two US F-15 warplanes conducted a dangerous maneuvering close to the Iranian airliner en route to Beirut. The incident took place over Syria’s al-Tanf region, where the US has a military base.
The airliner’s pilot had to swiftly lower the altitude to avoid a collision with the American warplanes.
The sudden swerve led to the injuries of some of the passengers and left them panicked. The flight, however, landed safely in the Lebanese capital and the wounded were taken to hospital.
“The US is not committed to the aviation laws and regulations,” Rabiei said noting that the responsibility of any upcoming incident that will endanger the lives of civilians of the passenger planes will fall on US and the Americans should be waiting for the consequences.
The US government has long been unable to hear the viewpoints of American experts and failed to realize Iran’s realities, Rabiei further noted.
He said though the US maximum pressure policy has failed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to provide false information to the US president.
“Pompeo is determined to deceive his boss and this is what John Bolton had been doing for one year,” Rabiei said.
Noting that Iran does not care about policies of the US political parties or its domestic policies, Rabiei said Iran considers US as a state that has international responsibilities.
“Washington must comply with its obligations and behave like a member of the international community,” Rabiei stressed.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews