A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard official warned the United States that Tehran possesses the advanced missile technology needed to strike American military bases throughout the Middle East, adding their rockets could “strike targets” over 2,000km away.
The head of the IRGC made the unprovoked warning earlier Tuesday, saying any aggression by the United States or Israel in the region would be “responded” to with a barrage of Iranian medium-range ballistic missiles.
“Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range,” IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said. “At present it [this distance] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000 km radius from our country and their attacks will be responded.”
Tensions between Washington and Tehran are at an all-time high after President Trump announced earlier this month that his administration would not certify the Iranian nuclear agreement; imposing harsh sanctions and new restrictions on the already-isolated Islamic republic.
“I am authorizing the Treasury Department to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support for terrorism and to apply sanctions to its officials, agents, and affiliates,” said the President. “I urge our allies to join us in taking strong actions to curb Iran’s continued dangerous and destabilizing behavior.”