Iran says initial investigations show Israel responsible for Isfahan drone attack

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TEHRAN, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian envoy to the United Nations said initial investigations show that Israel is "responsible" for the drone attack on a military plant in Iran's central province of Isfahan, semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.

Amir Saeed Iravani, Iran's permanent representative to the UN, made the remarks in a letter to the president of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General, stressing that the Israeli action is a "violation of international law and condemned."

He called on the UN Security Council to fulfill its responsibility based on the UN Charter, condemn Israeli officials' "belligerent" remarks, and urge Israel to observe international law and end its "dangerous and destructive activities" in the region.

The Iranian envoy also emphasized that, according to international law and UN Charter, Iran reserves the legitimate and inherent right to give, wherever and whenever deemed necessary, a decisive response to any threat or wrongful action by Israel to protect its national security.

A drone attack took place at about 11:30 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) on Saturday in one of its military plants in Isfahan, causing no casualties and only minor damage to the roof of a workshop in the plant, said Iran's Defense Ministry.

The semi-official Nour News agency, affiliated with Iran's Supreme National Security Council, reported on Tuesday that Iran had identified the manufacturer of one of the drones used in the attack, without providing more details.

In another report on Wednesday, Nour News wrote that the parts and explosives used in the drone attack were transferred into the country by "hostile terrorist" groups based in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The groups transferred the parts of the micro air vehicles (MAVs) and the explosives through the northwestern border at the order of a foreign intelligence service to a workshop in a border city, Nour News said quoting unidentified sources. Enditem

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