Iran able to bombard Israel if war started, says Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 13 July 2019, 07:04 AM
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said neither Saudi Arabia nor the United Arab Emirates had any interest in a conflict erupting
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said neither Saudi Arabia nor the United Arab Emirates had any interest in a conflict erupting

Amid rising tensions between US and Iran, Tehran-backed Hezbollah said on Friday that US ally Israel would not be “neutral” if a war broke out between the United States and Iran. And "Iran is able to bombard Israel with ferocity and force,” head of the group Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview. “When the Americans understand that this war could wipe out Israel, they will reconsider,” Nasrallah said. Hezbollah is considered to be a terrorist organisation by the United States, and is the only faction not to have disarmed after the Lebanese 1975-1990 civil war.

“Our collective responsibility in the region is to work towards preventing an American war on Iran,” he said.

He said neither Saudi Arabia nor the United Arab Emirates had any interest in a conflict erupting.

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran’s “malign” actions, the White House said on Thursday. “The two leaders discussed cooperation between the United States and Israel in advancing shared national security interests, including efforts to prevent Iran’s malign actions in the region,” Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.

Netanyahu confirmed the conversation, tweeting that the leaders had discussed “regional developments and security issues.” “Foremost among them was Iran. I thanked President Trump for his intention to increase sanctions against Iran,” Netanyahu added.

Iran’s President warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering nuclear deal and offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani’s threat, combined with Iran surpassing the stockpile limits of the 2015 atomic accord, could narrow the estimated one-year window it would need to produce enough material for a nuclear weapon, something Iran denies it wants but the deal sought to prevent.

But as tensions rise a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the deal, it looks unlikely that Europe can offer Iran a way to sell its oil on the global market despite U.S. sanctions.

All this comes the U.S. has rushed an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and F-22 fighters to the region and Iran recently shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone.

“Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!” Trump tweeted in response to Rouhani’s warning.

First Published: Saturday, July 13, 2019 07:04 AM
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