Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the country's missiles are capable of hitting Israel and said Israel will be "eliminated" if Iran is attacked.

"We are extending the range of our missiles, and we have the ability to do so. Our missiles should reach Israel, and our missiles have such a capability," Mohamed Ali Jafari was quoted as saying in Tehran Tuesday by the Tasnim News Agency.

"We can still upgrade the range of our missiles, but for the time being, on the order of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, we have limited the range of our missiles to 2,000 kilometers [1,242 miles]," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted him as saying.

A military strike on Iran's nuclear sites will lead to a "crushing response" and the "elimination of the Zionist regime," he warned.

"Lots of options are on the table for Iran, and they [enemies] will receive crushing responses, one of which would be elimination of the Zionist regime."

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