If US attacks, Israel will be destroyed in half an hour

If US attacks, Israel will be destroyed in half an hour

If US attacks, Israel will be destroyed in half an hour

The Trump administration have imposed a series of sanctions on Iranian targets in response to Iranian actions in the Gulf region, while the president made a last-minute decision to abort a military strike against Iran in June for downing an American drone, which Tehran denies.

The statement was made against the backdrop of ever-increasing regional tensions due to worsening ties between the U.S. and Iran; an Israeli intelligence source, in turn, reportedly claimed that Iran may attempt to provoke Israel along one of its borders to try to escalate the ongoing hostilities with the US. It was the first time the Mossad accused the Islamic Republic publicly for the attacks.

Think tank the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found that the nine nuclear states held a collective 13,865 warheads in 2018, down from 14,465 the year before.

Tensions in the Middle East have risen since the United States withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers past year.

Zarif did not say how much low-enriched uranium Iran had on hand, IRNA said.

'The US government over the last two years, violating all the worldwide structures and rules and using its economic, financial and military resources, has taken an aggressive approach and presents a serious risk to stability in the region and the world, ' Rouhani said.

He called on the other participants in the deal to "carry out their obligations as soon as possible" so Tehran can develop its economic interests under the deal. In recent weeks, the wider Persian Gulf has seen Iran shoot down a USA military surveillance drone, mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen launching bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia.

Separately in the interview, Zolnour refuted the US President's recent claim that he had allegedly prevented a military strike on Iran with just 10 minutes to go as a "political bluff".

The announcement came as tensions remain high between Iran and the US.

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