In an interview with NBC News, Hossein Amirabdollahian refused to acknowledge that Israel was behind the recent attack on his country.

Iran’s foreign minister on Friday refused to acknowledge that Israel was behind the recent attack on his country and described the weapons that were used as more like children’s toys.

“What happened last night was not a strike,” the foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, said in an interview with NBC News’ Tom Llamas. “They were more like toys that our children play with  not drones.”

Amirabdollahian, who spoke to NBC News in New York where he was attending a U.N. Security Council session, said Iran was not planning to respond unless Israel launches a significant attack.

“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.

  • @[email protected]
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    Whoof I absolutely could not get into nbcnews without disabling my ad blocker. Guess I’m not visiting them any more :/

    Edit: thank goodness for autotldr! ❤️

  • @[email protected]
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    Probably the best outcome. Both countries got to do their little show of force. Nobody loses face.

    Well not the best outcome, obviously. That would be “everybody agrees to not be cunts and stop killing civilians”, but that’s not going to happen.

    • @Linkerbaan
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      Great news, Iran isn’t killing any civilians. Only israel is doing that.

      • @RizzRustbolt
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        Well, they are killing civilians, it’s just that they’re locals.

  • queermunist she/her
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    Iran has constantly proved itself the more rational and mature actor in the Middle East compared to Israel.

    Yet we allow Israel to have nukes while we sanction the fuck out of Iran.

    Hmm 🤔

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      They launched a massive attack on Israel, Israel responded with a very small and limited strike. Iran have been funding terrorist proxy groups for decades. They also treat their own people and women horrifically.

      Hate Israel all you want, but cheerleading for an Islamic theocracy is stupid.

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        It’s strange how you’re ignoring the fact that Israel attacked first. Iran retaliated, and did so after warning Israel of exactly what it was going to do so it could prepare. It did this even though Israel attacked Iran without a similar warning and assassinated an Iranian general.

        Iran’s response has been tepid and measured because it doesn’t want to start WW3. Israel, on the other hand, very clearly does.

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          assassinated Iranian officials.

          Bit disingenious to call (senior) Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ‘officials’ like they’re low level bureaucrats, not military personnel.

          you’re ignoring the fact that Israel attacked first.

          Why did they attack?

          According to Al Jazeera, the IRGC initially claimed the october 7 attack on Israel was revenge for the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani, although they later retracted that statement.

          In any case, the cold war between Israel and Iran didn’t start with Israel bombing an Iranian embassy. Honeslty don’t know who started it, but it wasn’t the first attack, not the first attack on an embassy either.

          Iran retaliated, and did so after warning Israel of exactly what it was going to do

          Iran claims they warned Israel. The US says they didn’t.

          https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iranian-notice-attack-may-have-dampened-escalation-risks-2024-04-14

          I mean, your user name suggests you’re queer and a communist. How utterly bizarre that you’re defending an Islamic theocracy.

          It is possible to be critical of Israel and not defend Iran. Just so you know, I know Russian propaganda probably told you otherwise.

          • prole
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            Look at you tripping over yourself to defend the indefensible. Sad shit, man. What happened to you?

            • @Linkerbaan
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              He was always like that nothing changed.

              • Hyperreality
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                You forgot to mention ‘genocide Joe’ or go on about ‘’‘Zionists’‘’ controlling all western media Linkerbaan.

                Not the level of debate we expect of you. Fingers tired from copy-pasting Kremlin propaganda?

            • Hyperreality
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              Looks like you didn’t reach the end of my comment:

              It is possible to be critical of Israel and not defend Iran. Just so you know, I know Russian propaganda probably told you otherwise.

              But hey, if people being critical of Iran or their terrorist proxies disturbs you, perhaps you should join the ghost of Russell Bentley on lemmy.ml

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                Ohh shit my bad you said the magic words I hadn’t realized it.

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            That’s literally what they are, your feelings don’t matter. I’m quite sure some country believes some of your nations leadership are outright terrorists as well should they be able to strike your country with impunity?

            Its not a cold was when you launch a direct offensive strike…

            And yet several countries and the UN including the third party intercontact disagree.

            Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Sunday that Iran gave neighbouring countries and Israel’s ally the United States 72 hours’ notice it would launch the strikes.

            Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said it had spoken to both Washington and Tehran before the attack, adding it had conveyed messages as an intermediary to be sure reactions were proportionate.

            “Iran said the reaction would be a response to Israel’s attack on its embassy in Damascus and that it would not go beyond this. We were aware of the possibilities. The developments were not a surprise,” said a Turkish diplomatic source.

            Who cares what their personal politics are, you need to see the forest for the trees.

            That is indeed possible, its also possible not to out people and disparage them in defense of Israel.

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            Why did they attack?

            To draw the US deeper into the conflict.

            In any case, the cold war between Israel and Iran didn’t start with Israel bombing an Iranian embassy. Honeslty don’t know who started it, but it wasn’t the first attack, not the first attack on an embassy either.

            Fair. Netanyahu has been provoking Iran for decades, this is just the latest escalation. But the fact remains that Iran was retaliating to an attack that came from Israel, Iran wasn’t just attacking out of nowhere.

            Iran claims they warned Israel. The US says they didn’t.

            And yet the US and Israel were able to perfectly defend against the attack and prevent any serious damage. 🤔

            I guess we’re just supposed to believe that those defensive capabilities are god-like and can respond to any attack with zero warning!

            I mean, your user name suggests you’re queer and a communist. How utterly bizarre that you’re defending an Islamic theocracy.

            Y’all keep telling me to choose the lesser evil in the elections but you won’t do the same thing in a geopolitical context. 🤨

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              Israel identified the ring leaders of the October 7 event as Iranian military commanders who also happen to use an embassy as their base of operations to plan and execute their attacks.

              The moment that was discovered, the embassy no longer became a neutral zone and was changed to be a target.

              This is the same rules schoolyard bullies do to protect themselves from punishment by hiding behind their shitty parents after bullying you, and so do terrorists (including Hamas).

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                International law doesnt allow you to declare “not an embassy” because i want to kill a motherfucker in it. Countries in conflict will often have embassies filled with people the other country wants dead.

                The whole point of embassies is that they are “off limits” so that matters of state can be solved by disgruntled parties via diplomacy, not warfare. Bombing an embassy is a direct call for war, exactly because it by definition has important leaders of that countires nation inside of it.

                Bombing it is no different than bombing any goverment building staffed by that nation’s leadership in Tehran. It is in fact a huge provocation for war, and so far its only Irans restraint that has stopped this from escalating.

                The fact that Israel has put the world into a position where Iran, a nation run by theocratic despots who brutalize women and sponsor terror, is the calmer actor, is absolutely surreal.

                • @DoomBot5
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                  300 drones/missiles restraint? It was the largest single attack of its kind the world has seen.

                • @[email protected]
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                  International law is such a stupid concept to me since it’s literally pointless unless there is someone who can enforce it.

                  So don’t come at us with that bullshit, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this discussion at all and it would’ve already been handled by the “international police”

                  Israel and Iran and Russia will continue to conduct whatever they want, and there’s literally nothing you and I can do about it besides waste time arguing about it online.

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                Israel identified the ring leaders of the October 7 event as Iranian military commanders who also happen to use an embassy as their base of operations to plan and execute their attacks.

                I’m not sure if you’ve been paying attention but Israel says this about literally every target they want to bomb. Then they promise to provide “concrete evidence” later, never do, and eventually their claim gets disproved.

                40 beheaded babies

                A hatch that leads to Hamas tunnels

                Gaza hospitals are terrorist bases, and that’s coming from CNN who runs their stories by the Jerusalem office before publishing, and has a list of words to avoid in order to further Israel’s narrative at the expense of the truth.

                The list goes on but by parroting unconfirmed IDF talking points you are complicit in Palestinian genocide.

                Edit: here’s another one from today

                https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/22/israel-unrwa-staff-terrorist-links-yet-to-provide-evidence-colonna-report

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          It’s pretty disgusting to see you cheer for Islamic terrorist groups who would throw you off buildings. Iran was responsible for October 7th, Hamas is their proxy.

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            I don’t think anyone in this thread has “cheered for Islamic terrorist groups”.

            The factual statements people have made are true: Iran has been the more restrained actor. Israel’s aggression has been alarming. The US govt’s position has prioritized an alliance far past our national interests. It’s any of this incorrect?

            I don’t like the Iranian govt. I don’t like the current Israeli gov’t. I’m not thrilled with America’s gov’t. I love my country (the US), and I like most Israelis, Palestinians, and Iranians. Is that really hard to reconcile? It seems like the majority opinion.

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              Look at queermunist’s comment history, every time I see them in the comment section, they are simping for some islamist violent group known for murdering LGBT people. When it wasn’t Iran it was Hamas.

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                  There’s no historical grievance with the Islamic World? They’re one of those people who deny the Uighur genocide, aren’t they?

                • @EndlessApollo
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                  Literally nothing they said in that thread came close to supporting ISIS and nothing else I’ve seen from them comes close. you just can’t comprehend the idea that someone could want fewer Palestinian children to get bombed

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            And where does Bibi fit into that, having directly funded Hamas for literal decades?

      • katy ✨
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        did you forget that irans attack came after israel attacked an iranian embassy unprovoked

        • @[email protected]
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          “Unprovoked” is carrying a lot of weight here. Calling any punitive action in the Middle East unprovoked is absurd.

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        No one is cheerleading but just like Israel can protect itself so can Iran, your feelings about their politics aside if you strike a sovereign nation you should absolutely expect a stroke in return if not scale war.

      • @njm1314
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        In response to their Embassy being bombed they launched a few outdated rockets and drones that they gave a week’s warning of. Excuse me if I don’t view that as legitimate threat.

      • @Harbinger01173430
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        Anything is better than cheerleanding on a christofacist or abrahamic theocrazy state., yes, even cheering on the islamist lunatics. /S

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      Lol

      It’s really rational to fund hamas, hizpala, huthis, etc…

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        So you are saying Iran funds Hamas? That wasn’t my impression.

        Hezbollah and Houthis are much better than Israel.

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          Huthis’s main gole and reason for existing is the destruction of Israel, america and the west.

          Brutality taking over yemmen is just a side quest.

          Hizpala main reason for existing in to kill Israel.

          If you really feel these are noble existences then I can only wish you a peaceful life.

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            Brutality taking over yemmen is just a side quest.

            They weren’t that brutal until being invaded by Saudis, just saying.

            Hizpala main reason for existing in to kill Israel.

            No, that’s Hamas. Hezbollah’s is to protect Lebanon from Israel.

            If you really feel these are noble existences then I can only wish you a peaceful life.

            One existence I know isn’t noble is to lie on the Web to reduce the expenses of a genocide.

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          Comments like these are why I really don’t care how many Palestinians die in Israel’s war, Israel is fighting for its right to exist while people like this are calling for the extermination of Israelis.

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            It usually takes much more to sincerely not care like this. Say, seeing all of your family butchered before your eyes and some raped.

            No, what you do is pretend to be driven by some justified emotion, while in fact you were a supporter of a genocide from the very beginning.

            This is very clear, because decent people driven by justified emotions usually try quite a lot to not stop caring about death.

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          Ah yes, liberating a nation by establishing yet another radical theocratic dictatorship.

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          Hezbollah and Houthi are Shia and very useful to disrupt Sunni dominance on the arabian peninsula. The Kurdish, Iranian and Baluchi lineratiom struggles got crushed by Iran, while their stqunchly supported Assad in crushing syrian national liberation struggles.

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        Yeah need some proxies to keep the Nazis at bay. Before they end up try to expand their Lebensraum into your country.

        Bonus points for supporting people fighting against Nazis.

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          Thank god the houthis do not want tp commit a genocide. I mean, its not like death to jews is in their Motto , right?

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            Yes indeed that is not their motto. If you read their motto you would know that.

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              You’re rights its just God is the Greatest Death to America Death to Israel A Curse Upon the Jews Victory to Islam.

              Thats sounds waaaaaaay less antisemitic

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                They found the word “death” twice.

                Why not three times?

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                  Why mention the jews at all, if the enemy is only the state of israel?

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      I hate that Israel has nukes, but I don’t know that it’s a matter of “allow.” Once a country has nukes, taking them away is not going to be very doable. Especially not now after Russia broke its nuclear weapons deal with Ukraine.

      That’s the problem with nukes. Once the genie is out of the bottle, it doesn’t go back in. That’s why, if Iran does end up developing one, it will either be another MAD situation with Israel or they will both nuke each other into oblivion. There’s really no other option on the table.

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        I mean, I think the MAD situation between the USSR and the US had some success around mutual disarmament, no? Neither of them are devoid of nukes, now, but if I remember, the days of the world being nuked several times over in the event of ww3 is now long gone as a possibility. I dunno, this is obviously a pretty different situation, and that was kind of, not a fluke, but due to some pretty specific and complicated factors, I think. I dunno, I guess I’m just saying it’s more of a matter of degree than kind of being such an all-or-nothing thing, which is how most people would perceive it.

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          I mean, I think the MAD situation between the USSR and the US had some success around mutual disarmament, no? Neither of them are devoid of nukes, now, but if I remember, the days of the world being nuked several times over in the event of ww3 is now long gone as a possibility.

          Yeah… I wouldn’t say that.

          https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/Nuclearweaponswhohaswhat

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        By that token Israel should have lost its nukes after funding Hamas. Far too irrational for nuke privileges