Nasser Kanaani, Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson, during a press conference in Tehran

US Tried To Stop Tehran Attacking Israel, Says Iran FM Spokesman

Monday, 04/15/2024

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson stated on Monday that the US attempted to prevent the Iranian government from attacking Israel in a bombardment which saw over 350 projectiles launched on Saturday night.

Following Israel's targeting of the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, Tehran and Washington exchanged messages aimed at preventing Iran's "legitimate response to the Zionist regime," according to Nasser Kanaani.

More than 350 drones and missiles were launched by Iran in response to an alleged Israeli airstrike that killed seven officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including two senior commanders.

Nasser Kanaani described Iran's action as "necessary and proportionate" and denied any prearranged agreement between Iran and any other country prior to the attack.

Blaming the US complicity for Israel’s attack on April 1st, Nasser Kanaani said: “The Zionist regime would not have had the courage to act against the Iranian consulate without the support of the US.”

According to the White House's top national security spokesperson, John Kirby, on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, the United States will continue to assist Israel in defending itself but does not want to go to war with Iran.

Moreover, US officials stated on Sunday that President Biden informed Prime Minister Netanyahu that the US would not participate in any Israeli counter-offensive against Iran.

Follow developments on Iran International's Live coverage of ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel.

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