Iran Considers Kurdistan Attack ‘Warning to Enemies’

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 - 05:45
London - Asharq Al-Awsat

Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said Monday the missile attack on the Kurdistan Region was an “example” to Tehran’s response to any future threats.

Iran's “recent missile response to destabilizing measures by a terrorist group in Iraq's Kurdistan region was an example of Tehran's responding to any threat," he said.

Tasnim news agency quoted Shamkhani as saying that the era of hit and run is over in the world.

“Any hostile measure against our country will be responded to by Tehran tenfold. We are capable of protecting ourselves in every field," he said.

Baghdad on Sunday condemned Iran’s attack of the Kurdistan Region’s town of Koya with seven missiles as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Last Saturday, at least 16 Kurds were killed after Tehran launched the missile strikes on bases of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in Koya.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issued a statement Sunday confirming the use of seven short-range surface-to-surface missiles of the Fateh-110 type in the attack.

Shamkhani’s comments are the first by an Iranian high-ranking official following the attacks.

In a separate report, Tasnim said the missile attacks came “as part of a response” on the increasing activities of groups operating on Iran's western border.

Last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urged Iran's armed forces to increase their power to "scare off" the enemy.

Commenting on the US sanctions, Shamkhani said they were aimed at restricting the capacities and power of the Iranian nation.

"Just in the same way that we did with regard to security and defense, we are also able to make our economy immune [to foreign sanctions] and powerful," he explained.

The first round of sanctions against Iran covers financial transactions and imports of raw materials.

Further measures due to hit in November will affect Iran's central bank and the vital hydrocarbon industry.

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