News ID: 275579
Published: 0555 GMT October 16, 2020

Iran no longer remains indifferent if northern border areas hit by rockets: Foreign Ministry

Iran no longer remains indifferent if northern border areas hit by rockets: Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry reacted to latest cases of hitting parts of the country’s northern border areas by rockets from Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, stressing that Tehran "will no longer remain indifferent, if similar shelling is repeated” in the future.

The announcement was made by Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a statement appeared on the official website of the Ministry late on Thursday night following Iran’s border areas in northern parts of the country were hit again by several rockets of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Earlier this month, stray rockets coming from Azerbaijan and Armenia hit five Iranian villages in northwestern province of East Azarbaijan, injuring an Iranian kid and causing fear among local residents of the border areas.

Regretting the Thursday incident, Khataibzadeh said, “Unfortunately, there are concerning reports to this end that are by no means acceptable.”

Rejecting certain rumors about making retaliatory moves by Iranian border forces, the spokesman stressed, “Maintaining peace and security of the Iranian citizens in border areas is the red line of its Armed Forces and the Islamic Republic of Iran will not remain indifferent if similar shelling is repeated” in the future.

Earlier this month, Iran warned the warring sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that Tehran would by no means show any consideration when it comes to the security of the Iranian nationals.

The warning came following stray rockets hit the five Iranian villages.

Iran has repeatedly announced its readiness to help find a peaceful and lasting solution to end the ongoing dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the announcement in a phone call of his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on Thursday aid Tehran is ready to help warring sides in Nagorno-Karabakh dispute make peace and find a sustainable solution to the ongoing conflict within the framework of a regional initiative introduced by Iran, Turkey and Russia, and as a complement to the Minsk Group.

Clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh – where Armenia-backed separatist fighters are battling Azerbaijani forces – have been largely confined to areas in and around the region since a fresh outbreak of fighting started last month.

It has originally started in 1988 and led to a military conflict in 1992.

The heavy clashes erupted late last month, with both sides blaming the other for the biggest outbreak in violence since a 1994 ceasefire left the status of Nagorno-Karabakh in limbo.

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