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"Only seven minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv," senior member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and former Revolutionary Guard official, Majtaba Zonour, told semi-official Fars News Agency Saturday.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have intensified after the Trump administration announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic-missile program.
The US issued the new penalties in response to several Iranian missile launches that international powers say are in violation of Iran’s obligations.
Iran responded forcefully, proceeding with a military exercise that further tested its missile radar capabilities.
Iran’s officials vowed to continue launching “roaring missiles,” which they characterized as defensive in nature.
And they targeted US President Donald Trump himself calling him “reckless” and inexperienced.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps official warned that the slightest aggression by Washington against Iran will be responded by razing to the ground the US military base in Bahrain.
"The US army's fifth fleet has occupied a part of Bahrain, and the enemy's farthest military base is in the Indian Ocean but these points are all within the range of Iran's missile systems and they will be razed to the ground if the enemy makes a mistake," Mojtaba Zonour, a former advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader's Representative at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said on Saturday evening.
Stressing that Tehran has prepared its forces for asymmetric war and attained great achievements in the missile field, he said if the enemy fires a missile against Iran, the country will immediately retaliate it with firing a missile at Tel Aviv.
"And only 7 minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv," Zonour said.
His remarks came after US officials repeated threats to Iran in the last few days.
Yesterday, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh played down the recent allegations by the US officials against Iran's defense program, but meantime warned Washington to avoid hostile action or wait for a harsh response.
"Development of baking relations between the two countries will accelerate expansion of trade and economic ties between Iran and Moldavia," President Rouhani said.
He also underscored the importance of mutual cooperation in the energy sector, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran can supply an important part of Moldavia's needs in this field given its high capacities in the production of oil, gas and gas condensates."
Dodon, for his part, called for using the abundant cooperation capacities existing in Iran and Moldavia to enhance the level of economic and trade ties and increase reciprocal investments.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacifica and Commonwealth Affairs Ibrahim Rahimpour and Moldova's Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur in a meeting last August stressed promotion of all-out ties.
Rahimpour who met Galbur in the Moldova's capital Chisinau, said that the ground is ready for development of ties between Iran and Moldova in all areas particularly in the field of economy.
He referred to Iran’s geopolitical position in the North-South corridor and called for development of cooperation between Tehran and Chisinau for using this transit route.
Moldova's foreign minister who is also deputy prime minister, for his part, said that the two countries following the removal of sanctions against Iran should seize the chance to enhance their cooperation in all spheres.
Moldova is ready to sign cooperation documents to boost all-out ties with Tehran, he said.