The Iranian defence minister Ahmad Vahidi has warned that if Israel were to attack his country it would prompt the destruction of Israel. He said:
“If this [an Israeli attack] happens, which, of course, we do not foresee, its ultimate result would be to expedite the last breath of the Zionist regime”
His comments came after the Islamic Republic has test-fired their most advanced long-range missiles. France has called the tests “provocative”.
Iran’s missiles can reach up to 2000km — potentially putting Israel and American bases in the Gulf within range. What do you make of this latest move?
Is this a show of defiance or are the protecting them self again potential threats? A Top Revolutionary Guard,Abdollah Araaqi, said “Iranian missiles are able to target any place that threatens Iran”.
The UK said the tests should not distract from international talks with Iran on its nuclear programme later this week and Russia urged restraint.
This blog says that Iran now has a powerful bargaining chip for Thursday’s meeting with the P5+1, So what’s the answer? Obama’s decision last week to scrap the missile defence shield in Europe is being viewed by others as a major blunder – they say he’s now lost a powerful negotiating tool with Iran.
So what is the answer? More sanctions?
Or would that be, as US conservatives argue, too naïve?