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Iran’s Diplomat Warns of Netanyahu’s Alleged Trap for the West in Middle East Conflict

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In a recent interview with Seyed Mehdi Hosseini Matin, Iran’s chargé d’affaires in London, a stark warning was issued regarding Benjamin Netanyahu’s purported intentions to ensnare the West in a broader conflict across the Middle East.

Matin expressed concerns that such a scenario could lead to grave consequences for the region and the world at large. This interview marks Matin’s first public statement since Iran launched a significant missile and drone attack against Israel over the weekend.

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The interview shed light on Iran’s perspective on the escalating tensions in the region, particularly in the aftermath of a retaliatory strike against Israel following an airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, which claimed the lives of several Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards officers.

Matin emphasized Iran’s readiness to respond swiftly and decisively to any further aggression from Israel, cautioning that the response would be immediate and without warning, with potentially greater severity.

He underscored Iran’s commitment to refrain from attacking civilian centers or pursuing nuclear armament despite acknowledging Israel’s status as an undeclared nuclear state.

The international response to Iran’s actions has been swift, with both the US and EU signaling intentions for further sanctions. Western leaders, meanwhile, have urged Israel to exercise restraint to prevent further escalation. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak echoed calls for calm during a recent conversation with Netanyahu.

Matin rejected the notion that Iran’s attack on Israel’s military installations constituted a strategic mistake, arguing that it aimed to shift focus from Gaza to the broader regional conflict, thereby questioning Iran’s long-term role in the region.

He accused Netanyahu of attempting to draw Western countries into a total war in the Middle East, which could spiral out of control, leading to dire consequences worldwide. Matin urged Western nations to demonstrate rationality and resist falling into Netanyahu’s alleged trap, emphasizing the need for regional powers to pursue peace independently.

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Furthermore, Matin claimed that Iran had previously urged Western officials to condemn Israel’s actions and support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, but these calls were allegedly disregarded.

In response to criticisms from British officials, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Matin defended Iran’s actions, asserting that the attack had been conducted in a manner to minimize civilian casualties and that it aimed to demonstrate Iran’s military capabilities and deterrence.

Matin portrayed Iran as a regional superpower capable of withstanding sanctions and remaining steadfast in its commitment to independent action since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

He warned against efforts to proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, stating that it would lead to reprisals, as the IRGC is an integral part of the Iranian state.

As tensions continue to simmer in the Middle East, Matin urged the international community to heed the voices calling for peace and an end to the suffering of innocent civilians in conflict-affected areas like Gaza.

The interview with Matin offers a glimpse into Iran’s perspective on the evolving geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East and raises pertinent questions about the potential ramifications of escalating tensions in the region.

As the situation unfolds, the international community faces the challenge of navigating a complex and volatile landscape fraught with geopolitical rivalries and regional tensions.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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