Amirali Hajizadeh said US bases in the Middle East are within reach for the country’s missiles should they need to strike
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander warned on Wednesday that US bases in the Middle East are within reach for the country’s missiles should they need to strike.
The chilling warning came as tensions rise between capitals Tehran and Washington DC in the week President Donald Trump stood by Iran’s enemy Saudi Arabia.
‘They are within our reach and we can hit them if they (Americans) make a move,’ Reuters translated Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division as saying.
According to Tasnim news agency, he said that the United States’ bases in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are within range.
He added that US aircraft carriers elsewhere in the Gulf region could also be hit by Iranian missiles.
‘Our land-to-sea missiles have a range of 700 km (450 miles) … and the US aircraft carriers are our targets,’ he added.
Bagram airbase from Kabul, Afghanistan (pictured July 2013) is also in reach
Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar (pictured December 2013) is in reach of the missiles
Hajizadeh boasted that the precision capabilities were so good they have 30 meters accuracy, reports the Times of Israel.
This week Trump sparked fighting talk when he accused the country of being the biggest sponsor of terrorism.
‘Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror”,’ he wrote in a statement.
Two remaining Kitty Hawk Class aircraft carriers, sail April 13, 2003 in the Arabian Gulf
Trump sparked fighting talk when he accused the country of being the biggest sponsor of terrorism this week
‘The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!’
POTUS withdrew from a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran earlier this year stating the lack of curbs on their missile development as one of the reasons.
Once the sanctions returned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said they were now in a ‘war situation’.