“In the worst situations we are able to turn the region into burning hell and take the possibility of using the Persian Gulf away from them forever.” 1938 Alert: “‘US is within our firing range,'” from SAPA, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Tehran – A top Iranian cleric said on Friday the United States was within Iran’s “firing range”, a day after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to hit back at US interests worldwide if attacked.
“Americans have surrounded us but it works to our advantage. They are within our firing range in the east, west and elsewhere,” Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.
He was referring to the US military presence in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the Gulf waters off southern Iran.
“Would you dare to violate Iranian borders? See what harm will be done to you then,” said Jananti, who heads the hardline electoral watchdog the Guardians Council….
In response to Khamenei’s comments the White House said it has no plans to invade Iran, and downplayed the significance of reinforcing the US military presence in the Gulf region.
A commander of Iran’s elite revolutionary guards said on Friday: “The entire Persian Gulf is within the guards’ missile range and if foreign forces are to carry out any operations they are the ones to be most hurt”.
“In the worst situations we are able to turn the region into burning hell and take the possibility of using the Persian Gulf away from them forever,” Rear Admiral Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani said, quoted by semi-official Mehr news agency.