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Iranian Foreign Minister Downplays Israel’s Drone Attack

April 21, 2024 (EIRNS)—In an interview with NBC News on April 19, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian downplayed Israel’s drone attack on Iran on early Friday morning local time, April 19. The interview was covered widely by other news agencies.

“What happened last night was not a strike,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told NBC News’ Tom Llamas in an interview. ‘They were more like toys that our children play with—not drones.”

He indicated that Iran would not respond unless there were a significant attack from Israel. “As long as there is no new adventurism by Israel against our interests, then we are not going to have any new reactions,” he said. And, he also warned that Iran would respond should there be a serious attack. “If Israel takes a decisive action against my country and this is proven to us, our response will be immediate and to the maximum and will cause them to regret it,” said the Foreign Minister.

The minister emphasized that Iran’s recent 300 drone attack on Israel was intended to be “a warning.” “We could have hit Haifa and Tel Aviv. We could have also targeted all the economic ports of Israel…. But our red lines was civilians—we only had a military purpose,” said Amir-Abdollahian.