A senior Iranian official threatened that his country would immediately strike Israel if the United States "makes a mistake", i24news reported Sunday.
Mojtaba Zonour, a senior member of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and a former Revolutionary Guards official, made the comments on Saturday, and reportedly said that "only 7 minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv."
Zonour also said a United States base in Bahrain would be "razed to the ground" in the event of an attack.
The threats came after President Donald Trump’s administration imposed new sanctions on 25 individuals and companies connected to Iran's ballistic missile program and those providing support to the Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force.
The sanctions came in response to a ballistic missile test conducted by Iran last week, in violation of UN Resolution 2231, which bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and which went into effect after the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers was signed.
On Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis blasted Iran and described it as "the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world", adding that its "misconduct and misbehavior" would have to be addressed. READ MORE