South Front, February 02, 2023

Iran has officially blamed Israel for the January 28 drone attack (video) that targeted a military industrial complex in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.

On February 1, Tehran filed a complaint with the United Nations Security Council about the “terrorist attack” orchestrated by Tel Aviv, saying it reserves its “legitimate and inherent right” to retaliate.

In the complaint letter, Iranian Ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani said he wanted to draw the UN’s attention to “further instances of the Israeli regime’s acts of terrorism and sabotage as well as violations of international law against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“An attempt was made to launch a terrorist attack against a workshop complex of the Iranian Defence Ministry in the city of Isfahan,” the letter reads. “Early investigations suggest that the Israeli regime was behind this attempted act of aggression.”

The Iranian Ministry of Defense said that the complex was attacked with three “small drones”. One of the drones was downed by the complex’s air defense fire, while the other two were caught in its defensive traps and exploded. The attack caused minor damage to the complex’s roof.

The letter calls on the UN to condemn “Israel’s warmongering statements and acts of terrorism.” It also says Iran reserves “its legitimate and inherent right to defend its national security and respond resolutely to any threats by the Israeli regime, wherever and whenever deemed necessary.”

Some reports said that the complex is a production facility for Shahed-136 suicide drones, which were allegedly supplied to Russia for use in Ukraine operation. However, other reports alleged that the complex was hosting ballistic missiles, possibly also destined for Russia.

An initial report by the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV said that the attack was carried out by the United States and “one other country,” as a warning to Iran and Russia.

Nevertheless, another report by the New York Times said that the attack was carried out by Israel to protect its own security interests, and not to prevent the export of Iranian weapons to Russia. According to the newspaper, attack was carried out by the Mossad intelligence agency.

The Iranian letter to the UN is the first official accusation to Israel. Previously, unnamed Iranian officials told the Al Jazeera network that Tel Aviv was behind the failed attack.

The officials warned that Tehran would seek revenge: “Israel knows very well that it will receive a response, as happened in the past.”

Any Iranian response could lead to a military confrontation with Israel, and possibly the U.S. Despite the risk, Tehran will likely strike back in order to maintain deterrence against Tel Aviv. The lack of response could encourage the Israeli and U.S. intelligence to further expand their overt operations within Iran.