Iran increased its rhetoric and its belligerence this week after Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran aims to “take over the Islamic world” and that Saudi Arabia would not stand idle in light of the Iranian aggression, and could take the war to Iran’s territory.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan promptly responded and warned that Iran could destroy Saudi Arabia in a matter of days and would only spare the Muslim holy places Mecca and Medina.
“We recommend (the Saudis) not to make any ignorant moves, but if they do, we will not leave anything intact except (Muslim holy cities of) Mecca and Medina,” Deghan told Hezbollah’s TV station Al-Manar in Lebanon.
Bin Salman said Tuesday that any contest for influence between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and the Islamic Reupblic should take place “inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia.”
Another high-ranking Iranian military official threatened to attack Pakistan after 10 Iranian border guards were killed in a cross-border attack that originated from Pakistani soil last weekend.
Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri of the Iranian army said Monday that Iranian soldiers will attack “terrorists wherever they are” and warned that Iran would crush their safe havens “wherever they are.”
Then there was Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who during a speech about the upcoming presidential elections in his country suggested that a wealthy Zionist had tried to hijack the 2009 election. He was referring to Jewish-American philanthropist George Soros, who in fact supported Obama’s policies vis-a-vis Iran and sponsors anti-Israel NGO’s.
Khamenei also vowed to enhance Iran’s missile capability and boasted that Iran has missiles that can “hit targets with high precision from thousands of kilometers away.”
Earlier the Iranian leader told the six presidential candidates that they must not forget that Israel and the United States are spearheading the animosity against the Islamic Republic and devising conspiracies to fight Islam.
The supreme leader also seemed to side with critics of current president Hassan Rouhani who, in an attempt to distance himself from the other hardline presidential candidates, criticized the Revolutionary Guards for writing anti-Israel slogans on ballistic missiles.
Rouhani’s comment drew the ire from many Iranian military officials, among them Brigadier General Gholam-Hossein Gheybparvar, the head of the Basij (volunteer forces) Organization, who said Iran should write “Death to Israel“ not only on its missiles but also on its bullets.
“The Zionist regime has increased its hostility towards Iran on a daily basis,” Gheybparvar claimed. “How is it possible that after being witness to the Zionist regime’s fierce and long-standing enmity towards Iran, some people still criticize writing ‘Death to Israel’ on our missiles?”
“We will write it (the slogan) on the bullets as well. In fact, wiping out Israel is our aspiration and an indisputable strategy which needs a strong determination,” he added.
Iran’s belligerence was not only expressed verbally this week but became also visible in test of new offensive weapons.
After launching a cruise missile from a submarine last week, Iran tested a high-speed torpedo called “Hoot” in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday.
The new projectile is “reportedly based off the Soviet-era Russian VA-111 Shkval, which is capable of traveling at more than 200 miles per hour or four times that of a conventional torpedo,” according to Newsweek.
The most worrying news about Iran’s preparations for war came from Washington Free Beacon reporter Adam Kredo, who wrote that Iran is making preparations for the launch of two satellites into orbit.
He said U.S. national security officials think the launch is meant as a cover for “the test firing of advanced intercontinental ballistic missile technology that could be used as part of Iran’s nuclear program.”
However, the launch of the satellites could also be related to preparations for an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the U.S., others warn.
Both Iran and North Korea are reportedly working to develop the technology needed for an EMP attack that would return the U.S. to the situation which existed before the technological revolution.
“Now, we have two ready-to-launch satellites; one of them is Amir Kabir sensing satellite and another one is Nahid telecommunication satellite and over 97 percent of preparation works have been carried out on them,” Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi told local media last week.
Experts now warn the Trump administration to pay close attention to the illicit Iranian-North Korean arms trade because the two countries work together on the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
“When it comes to nuclear technology, Iran and North Korea are like sorority sisters swapping clothes or an old married couple sharing a toothbrush,” former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin told Kredo.
“What happens in Tehran doesn’t stay in Tehran,” he added.
Israeli experts confirmed this in March and said Iran is collaborating with North Korea on missile development and on modifying missiles for nuclear weapons.
The two countries also work together on programs meant to upgrade gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment, the Israeli experts claimed at the time.
Kredo reported that the Trump administration is finalizing “a comprehensive review of the Iran nuclear agreement and that the administration is drawing up “a full-scale plan to meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction.”
Trump, meanwhile, told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia should rein in Iran over its hegemonistic behavior in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.