Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami: “An eruption of war and fire and danger everywhere”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have again warned that any regional war may lead to Israel’s destruction.
Guards commander-in-chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami said Thursday that Iran’s enemies cannot limit any conflict to the Islamic Republic and will face “an eruption of war and fire and danger everywhere”:
He declared, “The enemy is well aware that any new war may expose the Zionist regime to full-scale threat and irreversible collapse.”
The general claimed that Israel’s probable fate had deterred Washington:
A number of US allies in the region would once encourage the US to wage war [on Iran] but later realized that a war with Iran would threaten their political systems, so they kept silent.
I am certain that the Zionists and [the US’s] regional allies have no interest in war because they know the geographical scale of that war would be expansive and they know the result.
Last month Donald Trump approved US airstrikes inside Iran on radar and anti-aircraft batteries, after Iran downed an American drone. However, he quickly reversed the order as planes and warships were four hours away from firing missiles.
Tension has also risen in the Strait of Hormuz, through which 1/5 of the world’s oil passes, after attacks on tankers. On July 19, the Revolutionary Guards seized a UK-flagged tanker, retaliating for the UK’s impoundment of an Iranian supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar two weeks earlier.
Iran is facing economic crisis amid long-standing internal problems and comprehensive US sanctions, imposed last November and tightened this spring. One report said oil exports may have fallen 96% since April 2018, although shipping firms reported on Thursday that the drop might have been buffered by ongoing sales to China.
Trump lashed out on Twitter yesterday at French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been trying to mediate between Washington and Tehran.
….I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself. No one is authorized in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2019
Two weeks ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote to Macron offering a de-escalation of conflict through revision of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Rouhani’s “alternative solution” said Iran halt its suspension of commitments under the deal with the remaining 5+1 Powers (France, UK, Germany, China, and Russia) if the US eases sanctions.
Trump withdrew the US from the deal in May 2018.