Iran has issued a warning that any country aiming to embark on a military confrontation against her will become a “battlefield”.
Major General Hossein Salami, Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, stated this at a press conference in reaction to the news that the United States is set to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia, its main allies in the Middle East.
Tension has escalated between Saudi Arabia and Iran after the former accused the latter of institagting a series of attacks on different oil facilities in her country.
Yemen’s Huthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the strikes but the US and Saudi Arabia said evidence suggested that the attacks involved the use of cruise missiles from Iran and amounted to “an act of war”.
Washington approved the deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia at “the kingdom’s request,” Defence Secretary Mark Esper said, noting the forces would be “defensive in nature” and focused on air and missile defence.
Reacting, General Salami he hopes the US does not make what he described as a “strategic mistake”.
“Whoever wants their land to become the main battlefield, go ahead.
“We will never allow any war to encroach upon Iran’s territory.
“We hope that they don’t make a strategic mistake”, Salami said, listing past US military “adventures” against Iran.