Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country would attack Israel and/or the United States if something bad happens with Iran. He said this on Tuesday in his annual speech to mark Navroz – the Iranian New Year. Though it is not for the first time that Iran has threatened a severe backlash to Israel and the United States if they dared attacking nuclear sites of the country but such a threatening statement from the country’s supreme leader is meaningful. The international community should seriously ponder on the statement and look into its repercussions as well.
However, one thing is heartening that the supreme leader also announced the country don’t possess nuclear weapons and nor intending to build them as suspected by the United States and Western countries. Intelligence agencies of both Israel and the US have already confirmed in their reports that Iran was not building nuclear weapons. And even if Iran wants to have atomic bomb, it will take at least three to four years to reach the stage. Ayatollah said the country was ready to retaliate the attack on its soil and its intensity would be the same with which its borders were invaded.
Israel and the United States have threatened military action against Iran if the country fails to cease its nuclear program. Defence experts say that Israel can strike nuclear strikes of Iran in different cities as it did in Iraq but there are little chances to succeed in eliminating the nuclear plants of the country. They are of the view that Iran’s nuclear sites are more secure as compared to that of Iraq in 1980s and secondly they are also scattered in different cities. They warn Israel and the United States that military action against Iran would only work as a catalyst and the country would become more determined to acquire the weapons.
Peace lovers and liberals believe the issue can be resolved through dialogue. They also advise Iran to exercise restraint because the mere rhetoric will only incite Israel and the US against it. Israel is already in the state of paranoia that if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons, the former’s existence will be endangered. That’s why Israel has been pushing the US for a military action against Iran to eliminate nuclear sites of the country. Israeli Prime Ministerhad a detailed meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. two weeks back where the issue was discussed in detail.
President Obama reiterated his support for Israel after the meeting but at the same time he said the Iran’s conundrum should be solved through diplomatic means. The statement was welcomed by the international community and believed the process of dialogue would be initiated without any further delay. Iran has already expressed its willingness to resume the stalled dialogue process with P5+1 – five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and one non-permanent member Germany.