Iran to target U.S. bases if national security threatened: official

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-30 18:05:41|Editor: huaxia

TEHRAN, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran will target U.S. bases across the region if its national security is endangered by U.S. forces, said Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council, was quoted as saying by the state TV on Thursday.

"We will never initiate a war with the United States, but the end of any war that Washington may start will be decided by Iran," said Rezaei, a former chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Trump's recent threats are "mere propaganda," Rezaei said, adding that, however, "if our national security is threatened, the U.S. bases in the region are under surveillance, and we will hit them with missiles."

Last week, Trump said that he had ordered the U.S. navy to fire upon Iranian "gunboats" that "harass" U.S. ships in the Gulf.

Earlier, the IRGC said the U.S. navy had resorted to "unprofessional and perilous" behavior in the Gulf and called for full withdrawal of all American forces from West Asia. Enditem