UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned on Saturday that any country attacking the Islamic Republic would become the “main battlefield” in the conflict, a day after US President Donald Trump announced military reinforcements to the Gulf.
“Anyone who wants his territory to be the main battlefield is ready for it,” General Hossein Salami told a press conference in Tehran.
“We will never allow war to be brought to our territory.”
“We hope they will not make a strategic mistake” as they did before, he said, before listing what he called US military “adventures” against Iran.
His comments came a week after attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia adopted by Houthi rebels in Yemen, but Riyadh and Washington blamed Iran.
The attacks on September 14 targeted the Khurais oil facility in eastern Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude refinery at Abqaiq, about 200 kilometers north of Khurais.
The attacks have halved Saudi production to 5.7 million barrels per day, equivalent to about 6 percent of global supply.
“The issue of the crash of all these drones within the borders of our country is a sad fact that reveals that the Americans have attacked our airspace,” said Salami Muskam at the Museum of Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense.
“But there is a nice fact, that the fall of these planes means the collapse of American technology.”
“We tell the Americans, what are your drones doing in the airspace of Iran? We will target anyone who violates our borders. Official Iranian (IRNA).
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that any US or Saudi response to Iran would lead to an “all-out war,” adding that Iran did not want war but would defend itself if needed.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, called the attacks a “war act” but said the next day that his country favored a “peaceful solution.”
US President Donald Trump seemed less inclined to respond militarily. “There has never been a state that is more willing” than the United States to launch military strikes “and that would be the easiest solution for me,” he said on Friday.
“It takes only a minute to hit 15 major sites in Iran … and it will be a very bad day for Iran,” he said. But he added, “But that’s not my preference.”
He said that “highlighting the power” of the United States is through “some restraint”, stressing that he “changed the positions of many” in this regard.
This came after he announced new sanctions on Iran’s banking sector, especially the central bank. US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, who was with Trump, said: “That means there will be no money going to the Revolutionary Guards.”
For its part, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran that the new sanctions imposed by the United States on the bank on Friday show “lack of trick” Washington, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency “IRNA”.
Contrary to all expectations, the Houthi rebels on Friday also adopted a more moderate stance as they launched a “peace initiative” by declaring an end to attacks on Saudi Arabia.
In a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Houthis’ takeover of the capital Sana’a in September 2014, Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the Supreme Political Council, the political authority of the rebels, said: “We declare to stop targeting Saudi territory by flying, ballistic and winged missiles and all forms of targeting. Respond to greetings like or better ones “by Riyadh.
– “Military Options” –
The US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday to send US military reinforcements to the Gulf at the request of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, after the attacks on two Saudi oil facilities.
The number of troops and the type of equipment to be deployed have yet to be determined. But Gen. Joe Danford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made it clear at a Pentagon press conference that the troops to be sent as part of the reinforcements would not be thousands.
“Sometimes they talk about military options,” he said, speaking to Washington before warning, saying: “We will continue until the end, because the limited attack will not be limited.”
“We will not rest until the aggressor is defeated, and we will not keep any safe point,” he said.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have continued since Washington unilaterally withdrew in May 2018 from a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers over Iran’s 2015 nuclear dossier and subsequent tough US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
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