Iran: US-Israel Arms Deal Only Serves to Destabilize Region
Iran has denounced a deal for the US to sell advanced missiles and aircraft to Israel, saying the move will only serve to destabilize the region.
"This kind of aid will only lead to instability and insecurity in the region," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters at his weekly press conference, according to the AFP news agency.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who touted the deal during his trip to Israel, has said it sends Iran a "very clear signal" that the military action against Iran and Syria are both viable options.
The agreement will provide Israel with anti-radiation missiles designed to take out enemy air defenses, radar for fighter jets, aerial refueling tankers and Osprey V-22 transport aircrafts.
"Today we took another significant step in the U.S.-Israel defense relationship," Hagel said, according to AFP, reiterating Washington's "ironclad pledge" to ensure the Jewish state’s military edge in a region engulfed by turmoil and terrorist entities.
In March, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed that Iran would "annihilate" Tel Aviv and Haifa if the Islamic republic comes under attack from regional arch-foe Israel. Such is merely one example of the ongoing and vicious rhetoric emanating from Tehran.