TEHRAN (Iran News) – Enemies to Face Harsh Response in Case of Any Aggression. Head of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned the enemies against any acts of aggression, saying they will face a “harsh response” if they retest Iran’s power.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh made the remarks on Saturday after Israel and Western countries accused Tehran of a suspected attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman and threatened a response.
“The Islamic Republic has passed the test and does not need to be re-tested, but if they like, they can retest Iran,” he said.
“They have tested us and they know what response they will face. We have both the power and the will to exercise power. We will certainly deliver a harsh response and they cannot make such a mistake.”
According to reports, the Liberian-flagged Mercer Street, operated by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime Company, was hit near the Omani island of Masirah late on July 29. Two crew members were killed in the incident.
The Tel Aviv regime and its Western allies alleged that Iran had been behind the attack without presenting any shred of evidence to substantiate their claims.
Tehran denied any involvement in the incident and categorically dismissed the baseless accusations.
On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the U.S.-run Ain al-Asad in Iraq’s western province of Anbar after launching a wave of attacks to retaliate the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani.
Iran’s mission to the United Nations has also strongly rejected the accusations against Iran over the alleged Mercer Street drone attack and warned the Zionist regime of any ‘miscalculation’.
Meanwhile yesterday, Iran’s embassy in the United Kingdom reacted to baseless allegations made by the British envoy at the United Nations over the country’s involvement in a recent incident for an Israeli-operated oil tanker in the Sea of Oman.
Barbara Woodward, UK’s permanent representative to the UN, reiterated the Group of Seven foreign ministers’ claim on Friday that Tehran was involved in the last week’s attack on the Israeli-managed tanker — Mercer Street — off the Omani coast, where two crew members were killed.
Labeling the attack as “deliberate and targeted,” Woodward claimed that Iran was “responsible” but said, “The door for diplomacy and dialogue remains open.”
Woodward also linked the global economy, goods and food to the security of commercial shipping, saying, “That is why we have international law that protects the freedom of shipping.”
The UK’s permanent representative to the UN accused Iran of “not respecting those laws,” and claimed that Iran’s activities “