Hezbollah leader says to respond to any attack against Lebanon

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-10 17:29:34|Editor: ZX
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BEIRUT, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that Lebanon and Hezbollah respect UN Security Council resolution 1701 but any attack against Lebanon will definitely meet with a response, Al Manar local TV Channel reported.

"It is the right of the Lebanese to defend their land and sovereignty. We will respond to any attack in the right way without taking into account any red lines from now on," Nasrallah said in a televised speech marking the Shiite commemoration of Ashura.

Nasrallah also slammed sanctions imposed on Lebanese banks while calling upon the government to shield Lebanon from such measures.

"The resistance has been on the sanction list for years now ... we need to reconsider and study our choices very well now that these sanctions are targeting banks that are not even related to Hezbollah," Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah added that the United States has imposed its economic and financial sanctions against Lebanon, Palestine and other countries after the failure of its wars against these countries.

Among the latest sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Lebanese banks are sanctions against Lebanese Jammal Trust Bank accusing it of "brazenly enabling" Hezbollah's financial activities.

In 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department accused the Lebanese Canadian Bank of laundering money from drugs and other operations for clients tied to Hezbollah.