If threatened the Islamic Republic, Iran can destroy nearing U.S. bases and launch an attack on Israel within minutes—reflecting tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.
CBS reported that both Israel and the U.S. have hinted of possible military strikes against Iran if sanctions and diplomacy do not rein in Iran’s nuclear development program—there are indications to believe Iran is building nuclear weapons. Iran claims the nuclear program is necessary for peaceful purposes.
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, said 35 U.S. facilities were in range of missile war games used for target practice. The target replicated U.S. bases in the region.
Hajizadeh has talked about plans if there was ever a confrontation with the U.S., “We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack.”
Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, was quoted by Fars News saying, “These bases are all in range of our missiles, and the occupied lands are also good targets for us.”
Officials from Washington and Israeli have yet commented.
Iran utilizes many military tactics due to the increasing tension from its nuclear program. The most recent was the EU oil embargo. Iran successfully stopped the embargo when Tehran threatened to close off the Strait of Hormuz—a vital shipping channel where oil supplies pass—in retaliation. If the strait actually closed, it would have sent oil prices soaring.
CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, “There’s a saber-rattling on both sides…The U.S. has been building up its own military presence in the Persian Gulf as a deterrent to Iran and also to Israel, which has threatened to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
Palmer states the danger of growing tensions between the U.S. and Iranian military vessels can eventually lead “into open conflict.”
According to Hajizadeh, guards have test fired on anti-ship missiles that could sink a U.S. warship. The shore-to-sea ballistic missile has a range of 180 miles.