Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Raheb Homavandi / Reuters)
A senior military advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned Saturday that Tehran would retaliate against an Israeli military strike by hitting back at nuclear facilities in Israel.
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Former head of the Guards' Political Bureau Brigadier Yadollah Javani said, "If Israel fires [a] rocket at one of our nuclear facilities or vital centers, it should know that any point of Israel, such as its nuclear facilities, would be a target for our rockets and we have [that] capability," Iranian news agency ISNA reported.
"Today, our enemies have been locked in a quagmire and they see no way out, so they make contradictory comments," he contended. "They raise military threats against Iran whereas they do not possess such a capability."
The report comes two days after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said
relations were being expanded with some Arab countries, adding fuel to
speculation that the countries in question were cooperating with Israel
to combat Iran.
During a press conference with visiting Romanian Prime Minister Emil
Boc, Netanyahu said at the end of his brief welcoming remarks, “We
welcome the fact that we have the ability to expand these newfound
friendships – by the way, in the region, as we discussed with some of
the countries, the Arab countries, but also outside the region by
tightening the bonds [with Romania] that are natural for us.”
He did not elaborate on which newfound friendships he was referring to among the Arab countries.
Asked about this comment, one government official said that “because of
the Iranian nuclear threat, we have had contacts recently with countries
in the region who share our concern.”