Iran’s defense minister: US, Israel will be defeated
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
“We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said.
“Today the Islamic Republic of Iran stands at the peak of defense-military preparedness to counter any threat or act of aggression,” Hatami said on Wednesday.
He added that Iran has attained such a high level of preparedness despite being under sanctions, stressing that restrictive measures against the country have failed to hinder Iran’s boosting of its defense power.
Separately on Wednesday, a senior Iranian official told Reuters that Tehran was ready for all scenarios from “confrontation to diplomacy” but the United States could not afford another war in the Middle East.
Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday after repeated US expressions of concern about danger posed by Iranian-backed terrorists.
Israel will stand with the United States to confront Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.
“We are united in our desire to stop Iranian aggression,” he said. “Israel and all the countries of the region and all the countries who seek peace in the world should stand together with the United States against Iranian aggression.”
Four ships – two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati – were damaged on Sunday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates near the port of Fujairah in what Emirati officials described as acts of sabotage.
The attack happened 140km south of the Strait of Hormuz, where about a third of all oil traded by sea passes through.
A US official said Monday that an American military team’s initial assessment is that Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives to blow large holes in four ships anchored off the coast of the UAE.
On Tuesday, two oil pumping stations have been attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia. The attack comes shortly after Iranian-backed Yemen’s Houthi terrorists said they had launched attacks on installations in Saudi Arabia.
President Donald Trump has received a plan from some of his top aides that suggests sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacked US troops.