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Iran points finger following drone strike media
02 Feb 2023, 18:13 GMT+10

A preliminary investigation has shown Israel was behind the Isfahan bombing, an Iranian envoy reportedly told the UN

The Iranian government suspects that Israel was responsible for last Saturday night's attack on a military facility in the central city of Isfahan, news outlet ISNA reported on Thursday, citing a senior diplomat.

Amir Saeid Iravani, Tehran's envoy to the UN, made the accusation in correspondence to senior officials in the organization, according to ISNA. In his letter, he reportedly stated that a preliminary investigation had pointed to Israel's responsibility for the drone attack.

He condemned the incident and referred to statements by senior Israeli officials, including an interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on CNN earlier this week, in which he declined to confirm or deny Israel's involvement in the Isfahan attack.

"Every time some explosion takes place in the Middle East, Israel is blamed or given responsibility - sometimes we are, sometimes we're not," the prime minister told the US news network.

In his letter, Iravani emphasized that Iran had a right to "decisively respond" to the threat posed by Israel with whatever means it deems necessary.

The Iranian diplomat also condemned a Ukrainian official for their remarks about the attack. Mikhail Podoliak, an aide to President Vladimir Zelensky, framed the incident as retaliation for what Kiev claims to be assistance provided by Iran to Russia in the conflict with Ukraine.

"War logic is inexorable and murderous. It bills the authors and accomplices strictly," Podoliak said, adding that Ukraine "did warn you."

Iravani reiterated that Iran was not involved in the Ukraine crisis and said any statements condoning attacks on Iranian infrastructure were "irresponsible."

According to ISNA, Iranian specialists analyzed the debris of drones used in the attack and identified the producer. They reportedly found clues after comparing the aircrafts' body, engines, power supply and navigation system to samples at their disposal.

The Iranian military will use the new information to improve security at its installations, the outlet said, citing a source close to the national security council.

The attack reportedly involved three small drones carrying explosives, which were launched from a nearby location. Iran said they were intercepted and caused only minor damage to the roof of the building that was targeted.


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