According to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Tehran does not have any military bases in Syria and has never sent military forces to the country for combat purposes. Zarif’s statements come less than a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.”
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded Monday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations, saying that Tehran does not have any military bases in Syria.
On the sidelines of the Geneva Security Conference, Zarif told reporters that Iran has not sent military forces to the war-torn Arab state for combat purposes. According to Zarif, Iran has only sent military advisors to aid the Syrian government.
Speaking to NBC’s Bill Neely on Sunday evening, Zarif mentioned the recent downing of an Israeli fighter jet and said that this incident shows that “the myth of invincibility of Israel, of the Israeli military, has crumbled.”
Zarif also responded to a threat that Netanyahu made earlier at the Munich Security Conference. “Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck,” Netanyahu said. “We will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.”
“Well, if they try to exercise that threat, they will see the response,” Zarif told Neely.
Zarif then commented on the nuclear deal that US President Donald Trump is threatening to scrap, saying that his country would not be the first to pull out of the agreement. “I believe President Trump has tried to walk away from that deal from Day 1 of his presidency, and he has done everything in bad faith to prevent Iran from enjoying the deal already,” he added.