A senior Iranian official said Monday that Hezbollah's arsenal of weapons in Lebanon has deemed Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system "a theoretical joke."

Iran's Fars News Agency quoted the Iranian Parliament Speaker’s top adviser for international affairs, Hossein Sheikholeslam as saying, “Now Hezbollah has tens of thousands of missiles ready to be fired at Israel.”

Sheikholeslam said that Hezobollah has been able to build its "deterrence power" with the help of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and his late father Hafez Assad, Syria's former president.

The comments were the latest in a string of increased Iranian rhetoric against Israel and the US over the past week which has broken with the pacifying message of President Hassan Rouhani.

The increased rhetoric coincides with celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution which took place earlier this week.

A senior Iranian military official was quoted by Iran's Press TV as saying Thursday that the massive turnout at the rallies was a response to the "foolish rhettoric" by American officials against Iran.

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior advisor to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that the US saying that the military option is on the table "is like a joke."

Safavi further critisized Washington's policies, saying, “The US practically showed in the Syria issue that it supports terrorists and supplies them with arms, and this is one of the reasons behind our mistrust.” 
 


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