In a tweet on late Friday, Admiral Ali Shamkhani said, “Jake Sullivan has said that if #Iran tries to produce nukes, U.S. will recognize Israel’s freedom of action to counter. This admission means that U.S. has been and will be responsible for all terrorist acts of Zionists against Iran’s facilities and people, accepting its consequences.”
Shamkhani was responding to his American counterpart, Jake Sullivan who made a keynote speech on Friday at an event organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a U.S.-based think tank.
“We are also engaging Iran diplomatically regarding its nuclear program, and we continue to believe that it was a tragic mistake to leave the deal with nothing at all to replace it. But we have made clear to Iran that it can never be permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon. As President Biden has repeatedly reaffirmed, he will take the actions that are necessary to stand by this statement, including by recognizing Israel’s freedom of action,” Sullivan said at Washington Institute on Friday.
Hailing the United States’ close cooperation with Israel, the U.S. national security adviser said that there can be “no doubt that we are walking the walk and not just talking the talk when we say that our commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad.”
Exemplifying the U.S.’s “ironclad commitment,” Sullivan said, “Earlier this year in the Eastern Mediterranean, the United States and Israel held the largest joint military exercise ever in the history of our two countries.”