Iran has declared that it is capable of destroying nearby U.S. military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack .
Iran’s Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted by official Iranian FARS news agency saying ; “All these bases are within the reach of our missiles. Meantime, the occupied (Palestinian) lands (Israel) are good targets for us as well.”
Hajizadeh was quoted saying that U.S. bases are in range of Iran’s missiles and could be hit in retaliatory strikes. He referred to Israel as “occupied territories.”
The US military has several bases in the Gulf, and the navy’s Bahrain-based 5th fleet is 190 kilometres from the Iranian coast. Israel is about 960 kilometres away from Iran.
“Measures have been taken so that we could destroy all these bases in the early minutes of an attack,” Hajizadeh said
The threat came during a military drill that has included the firing of ballistic missiles. The elite Revolutionary Guards, conducting the war games in Iran’s central desert, said that the missiles were aimed at mock-ups of foreign military bases.
On Tuesday Iran said it launched a variety of missiles during the desert drill, including Shahab-3 missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) that could reach Israel and southern Europe.
Israel and the U.S. have hinted at the possibility of military strikes against Iran if sanctions and diplomacy do not rein in Iran’s nuclear development program.
The West suspects Iran may be aiming to build nuclear weapons. Iran insists its program is for peaceful purposes.