News ID: 86165
Publish Date : 02 January 2021 - 21:43
Top Military Advisor to Leader:
TEHRAN (Dispatches) – A top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned the United States Saturday to avoid making any mistakes, saying Iran is capable of striking U.S. aircraft carriers so hard that they would go down like submarines.
"Iran is capable of turning U.S. aircraft carriers into submarines in a few hours,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi warned, but at the same time he expressed hope that nothing would happen in the final weeks of U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidency.
"We will never initiate a war, but we will respond decisively and with our utmost power and readiness if anyone attacks Iran,” said Rahim Safavi, who is a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
A senior IRGC commander also warned regional Arab states about their cooperation with the U.S. and the occupying regime of Israel, saying they will suffer the most damage if a war breaks out in the region.
In an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Manar television, head of IRGC Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh the regional states to rectify their policies.
"The U.S. and the Zionist regime have not brought security to any place and if something happens here and a war breaks out, we will make no distinction between the U.S. bases and the countries hosting them,” Hajizadeh said.
On Wednesday, two nuclear-capable American B-52 bombers flew over the Persian Gulf after nonstop flights to the region from their U.S.-based hangars. It was the third time in six weeks that American bombers were conducting long-range flights off the Iranian coast.
Iran’s mission to the United Nations issued a stern warning in a letter to the Security Council Thursday about ramped-up U.S. military presence and activities in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in recent weeks.
In his interview, Hajizadeh touched on Iran’s missiles, saying while the country has decided to restrict their range to 2,000 km, the limit is not permanent.
He also said Iran supports anyone
fighting against Zionist regime. Gaza and Lebanon, he said, are at the forefront of the battle and "everything you see of their missile capability has been supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
"Instead of giving them a fish or teaching them to catch a fish, we taught our allies and friends how to make a hook and they are now in possession of missile capabilities and technologies,” the senior IRGC commander added.
The Zionist regime is currently at a "crossroad of fire” coming from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and other Muslim countries, Hajizadeh said, adding Iran’s friends are now equipped with missiles with pinpoint accuracy. The commander said Iran’s missile attack a year ago on Ain al-Asad airbase which houses U.S. troops in Iraq aimed at breaking U.S. awe and hegemony.
"We were prepared for the Americans’ response and all our missile power was fully on alert. If they had given a response, we would have hit all their bases from Jordan to Iraq and the Persian Gulf and even their warships in the Indian Ocean.”
On January 8, the IRGC fired volleys of ballistic missiles at the base in Anbar province in response to the U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and his associates at Baghdad airport.

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