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Iranian official: Only seven minutes to hit Tel Aviv with missile
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Iranian official: Only seven minutes to hit Tel Aviv with missile

A senior Iranian government official on Saturday warned Tehran would swiftly retaliate against Israel if the US launched a military strike against Iran. 

Mojtaba Zonour, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and a former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps official, boasted that an Iranian missile could hit Tel Aviv in under seven minutes, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Zonour said Tehran would strike the Israeli coastal city and “raze to the ground” a US military base in Bahrain “if the enemy makes a mistake.”

“And only seven minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv,” he added.

Zonour’s comments came during a Revolutionary Guard military exercise aimed at testing its missile and radar systems. The exercise was taking place in a 35,000-square-kilometre area in Semnan province in northern Iran.

The Saturday exercise came a day after US President Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Iran in response to a recent missile test. The sanctions target more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China.

Iran last Sunday test-fired a medium range missile, which the White House contends violated a UN Security Council resolution proscribing missiles that could carry a nuclear device.

The Islamic Republic has confirmed it tested a ballistic missile but denied it was a breach of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers or UN resolutions.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Monday, February 06, 2017
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