Iran's FM Fires Back at Netanyahu: You're 'A Warmonger Standing Next to a Nuke Plant'

'Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory'

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press, New York, U.S., April 24, 2018.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded Wednesday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who vowed that the Israeli military "will continue to act with full determination and strength" against Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.

"Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory. Beyond shameless in the gall," Zarif tweeted.

Netanyahu spoke earlier Wednesday at a ceremony in the southern Israeli city of Dimona, which is the site of a nuclear reactor. The prime minister described Iran as a threat looming over the region. "Whoever threatens us with our demise puts himself in similar danger," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu speaking outside the nuclear plant in Dimona, August 29, 2018.
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The prime minister added that Israeli pressure applied on Tehran has helped scare the regime, noting that a speech made by Iranian President Hassan Rohani proved that the Israeli tactic was working.

The prime minister also addressed an agreement between Syria and Iran announced earlier this week, stressing that "no threat will deter us." The deal reportedly stipulates that Iran will help Syria rebuild itself in the wake of the civil war.

The deal was announced Iran's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, is believed to be considering an assault on the last big rebel-held enclave, Idlib in the north