Iranian Defense Chief Warns Israel: Stop Your Dangerous Behavior, Response Will Surprise You

After Netanyahu's speech and what Iran calls 'provocations', top Iranian defense official warns Israel will 'regret it'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran, April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami responded Tuesday with a threat to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on the country's nuclear program and what the Iranian official described as "Israel's provocative actions."

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"This is our warning to the regime occupying Jerusalem and its supporters – stop your dangerous behavior. The Iranian response will be surprising and you will regret it," Khatami.

Iran's state-run media is mocked Netanyahu's latest allegations that Tehran once pursued nuclear weapons.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said Netanyahu is "famous for ridiculous shows." The semi-official Fars news agency, believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, dismissed Netanyahu's speech as a "propaganda show."

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Iranian military sites in Syria were bombed from the air on Sunday, in an attack that was again attributed to Israel. Earlier last month, Russia and Syria blamed Israel for attacking an Iranian military compound in the T4 base near Homs. Iran vowed revenge.

Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeeted that Netanyahu was just exploiting the timing of the upcoiming May 12 Iran deal deadline to "rehash old allegations."

"Pres. Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the IAEA to 'nix' the deal. How convenient. Coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf just days before May 12. But Trump’s impetuousness to celebrate blew the cover," he tweeted.

Netanyahu on Tuesday invited Britain, France and the U.K. to see the materials Israel obtained and that the European countries will be sending delegations of experts to Israel over the weekend.