• Mon / 27 July 2020 / 12:56
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Iran to respond to US’ terrorist act at appropriate time: Mousavi

Iran to respond to US’ terrorist act at appropriate time: Mousavi

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stressed that the country will give necessary response to US’ terrorist act against Mahan Air's Beirut-bound passenger plane at appropriate time.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Mousavi said, “The Americans have been trying different types of banditry and have shifted from maritime banditry to aerial one. The adventurist and dangerous move by US jet fighters against Mahan Air's Beirut-bound passenger plane was a terrorist threat which was against all legal and international principles”.

He added the Foreign Ministry, with the help of Civil Aviation Organization, General Staff of Armed Forces and the Judiciary, will do all measures to make the U.S. regret its actions.

He explained that certain measures have been taken with this regard, including a protest lodged by Iran’s mission in the United States.

“After the final report is ready, we will further pursue the issue legally and we will respond to them at appropriate time," Mousavi noted.

Regarding Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent trip to Moscow, Mousavi said, “During the visit, Zarif in addition to meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin through a hotline for an hour and discussed bilateral issues and the latest regional and international developments”.

Reacting to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that they will not let Iran exercise military presence in Syria, he said, “Netanyahu speaks a lot nonsense, we have no military presence and we do not want to have”.

Iran's presence in Syria is upon request of the Syrian legitimate and lawful government, Mousavi reiterated.

Stressing on Iran's advisory presence in Syria, Mousavi said, “Zionist regime's existence is illegitimate both for Iran and many regional countries. They are not in a position to talk about Iran's presence”.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman advised South Korean government to release Iranian assets and said the act is in contrast with friendly and traditional ties between the two countries and that Seoul should not consider the third party's will as a yardstick.

“Their excuse that the US sanctions and pressures impede them from paying Iran's assets is not acceptable for Iran. We expect the South Korean government to abide by their commitments,” he added.

“If they claim that they are independent, they should show Iranians that they will not be impressed by a third party and release Iran's frozen assets. We will not interfere in countries' relations but we ask them to release Iranian assets we need to spend for fighting coronavirus without third country's intervention,” Mousavi went on to say.

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