Revolutionary Guards: Iran’s Enemies Will Be Destroyed If They Cross Our Red Lines

DUBAI (Reuters) -
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, delivers a speech for people who attend a demonstration in Tehran, Iran, Monday. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)

Iran will destroy the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia if they cross Tehran’s red lines, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami said in a speech broadcast on state media on Monday.

Gen. Hossein Salami, echoing other Iranian officials, accused the U.S., Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia of stoking the unrest. He said the rise in gasoline prices was a “mere pretext” for an attack on the nation.

“If you cross our red line, we will destroy you,” he said. “We will not leave any move unanswered.” He said if Iran decides to respond, “the enemy will not have security anywhere,” adding that “our patience has a limit.”

Amnesty International says more than 100 people were killed in the protests. Iran has not released a death toll and cut off internet for several days, making it difficult to ascertain the extent and severity of the demonstrations.