Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian who spoke in New York where he was attending a U.N. Security Council session, said Iran was not planning to respond unless Israel launches a significant attack, describing Israeli weapons as ‘toys that children play with’.

Iran Press/America:  "What happened last night was not a strike," the foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, said in an interview with NBC News' Tom Llamas. "They were more like toys that our children play with – not drones."

"As long as there is no new adventurism by Israel against our interests, then we are not going to have any new reactions," he said.

But the foreign minister warned that if Israel did attack Iran, the response would be swift and severe.

"If Israel takes a decisive action against my country and this is proven to us," he said, "our response will be immediate and to the maximum and will cause them to regret it."

It comes as Israel on April 1 bombed an Iranian consular building in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Two generals and five officers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps martyred in the attack.

Iran responded 12 days later, launching an unprecedented, direct military attack on Israel involving more than 300 missiles and drones. 

Amirabdollahian said the attack was intended to be "a warning." "We could have hit Haifa and Tel Aviv," he said. "We could have also targeted all the economic ports of Israel."

"But our red lines was civilians," he added. "We only had a military purpose."


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