MOSCOW - A senior Iranian official warned Israel on Thursday that a military strike against Iran would create a threat to its own survival.
"If the Zionist regime allows itself such an oversight, a question of its existence will arise -- not a question of its legitimacy but a question of its existence," Ali Baqeri, deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said through an interpreter during a visit to Moscow.
Baqeri's remarks echoed a warning by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said military action against Iranian nuclear sites would be met with "iron fists", Iranian state television reported.
Baqeri said Iran does not believe Israel will launch an attack, saying Israel "is in the worst condition since its creation ... in political, economic and social terms and in terms of security issues."
He said "the people of these countries [in the Middle East] want to chase Israel from the region. And so now the Zionist regime has very many weak points."