Iran came with a Saturday statement that they would respond to any threat from the United States according to the Tasnim news agency.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran reached new heights after Iran destroyed a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone. The two countries came out with different statements about the position of the drone with the U.S saying the drone was taken down in international airspace and Iran saying that the drone was shot on their territory.
President Trump issued a Friday statement in which he said that he aborted a military strike to respond to Iran’s actions saying that the potential attack could have killed 150 people.
Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi issued a statement in which he said: “Regardless of any decision they make, we will not allow any of Iran’s borders to be violated. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America.’’
A senior Arab diplomat said that the sharply increased tensions would further harm the crisis-hit Middle East region, according to Reuters.
“De-escalation is very important because tempers are flaring. It is very important we avoid confrontation right now. Confrontation, whatever we think about Trump or Iran, will be disastrous for everyone,’’ said the senior diplomat who wanted to remain anonymous.
Abolfazl Shekarchi, the senior spokesman of Iran’s Armed Forces, issued a statement on Saturday in which he said:
“Any mistake by Iran’s enemies, in particular, America and its regional allies, would be like firing at a powder keg that will burn America, its interests and its allies to the ground.’’