Israel, the US and the UK have threatened to facilitate a “coordinated response” to Iran’s alleged attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker. The Israeli billionaire-managed ship was reportedly struck by a drone on 29 July, killing its Romanian captain and a British bodyguard. Tehran denied responsibility and warned the West against any provocations.
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami has urged Iran’s adversaries to think very carefully before making any mistakes that would escalate tensions into a direct military confrontation, saying enemies would face a “destructive and crushing” response that would make them regret their actions.
“The enemies must get rid of false thoughts and ideas because our responses are destructive and crushing,” the commander stressed. “Do not think of confrontation with the Iranian nation because we are firm and steadfast here.”
Salami saved special criticism for Israel – the mortal enemy of Iran’s Islamic republican authorities which has spearheaded accusations against Iran over the Mercer Street attack, saying that “the enemies who threaten us, especially the Zionist entity, must know that our response will be harsh, and the Zionist entity must realize that we are serious.”
“Today, our missile, defence, naval and drone systems and ground forces are at an unprecedented level of preparedness and can respond to any threat…