As Iran celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that led to the overthrow of the Shah back in 1979, and the establishment of the country's current Ayatollah-led government, citizens took to the streets on Monday for a day of nation-wide rallies. And amid the celebration. And of course, it wouldn't be a celebration of Iran's greatest gesture of contempt against the US without a healthy dose of belligerent rhetoric courtesy of members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
To that end, according to reports on Iranian television cited by Sputnik, an IRGC commander warned that Tehran "will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa" to the ground if Washington attacks Iran.
"The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets. But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground," said Yadollah Javani, the Guards' deputy head for political affairs said during a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
The commander's statement comes after an IRGC spokesman said earlier in the day that Tehran's military would "firmly punish" any aggressor who attacks Iran.
"Islamic Iran has reached a level...to protect its borders by effective military capabilities, and firmly punish any aggressor," Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, spokesman for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said during a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
On Feb. 11, 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei rose to power in Iran after ousting Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi's Western-backed government, transforming Iran into an Islamic Republic, which has persisted to this day.