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President Raeisi: Aggressor punished as Leader promised

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (File photo)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has hailed the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s retaliatory attack on the Israeli-occupied territories, saying the hybrid operation taught the occupying regime an unforgettable lesson.

In a statement on Sunday, Raeisi said that the drone and missile strike turned a new chapter in the history of Iran’s authority and materialized the sincere promise of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to punish the aggressor.

“Last night, your zealous and courageous children in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, with the cooperation and coordination of all the defense and political sectors of the country, turned a new page in the history of Iran’s authority and taught a lesson to the Zionist enemy,” he said, addressing the nation.

Iranian President highlighted the powerful impact of last night's mission, conveying a resolute message of authority and deterrence to the Islamic community, while instilling fear and humiliation among the adversaries of humanity.

He further noted that during the last six months and especially the last ten days, Iran emphasized the dangers of the United Nations Security Council's inaction regarding violations by the Zionist regime. But despite efforts, the Security Council's response has been impeded by the influence of the United States and other backers of the Zionist regime.

“Iran's wise and authoritative move to protect its integrity, sovereignty, and national interests has served as a significant measure to hold the aggressor accountable and promote stability in the region,” Raesi said, adding that the Islamic Republic has not spared any efforts to restore and maintain peace and stability.

He added that Iran in the first step launched a series of drone and missile operations, specifically targeting Israeli military bases that posed a threat to security and stability.

Iran's president emphasized the nation's strength in safeguarding regional security and protecting the interests of neighboring countries, highlighting their unwavering dedication to advancing their neighborhood policy.

“Iran issues a strong caution against any actions that oppose its interests, warning of a more powerful and remorseful retaliation. The nation's armed forces closely monitor regional events and pledge a robust reaction to any provocative conduct from the Zionist regime or its allies,” Raesi warned.

The Iranian president called on supporters of the occupying regime to acknowledge the calculated action carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran and to abstain from endorsing the Israeli regime, which has played a role in intensifying its violations of regulations and disregard for global standards.

His remarks came hours after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched extensive missile and drone strikes against the occupied territories in response to Israel’s deadly attack on the Iranian diplomatic premises in Syria early this month.

The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri on Sunday morning announced that Iran has concluded its retaliatory strikes on the occupied territories, warning of a “stronger” reaction if the Israeli regime responds.

Baqeri expressed the full readiness of the Iranian Armed Forces to defend the country’s soil and interests.

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