Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy commission, has warned in an interview that if the US regime attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan”.

The US-Iranian tensions escalated following an apparent sabotage attack against two oil tankers off Iran’s coast in the Gulf of Oman.

Washington immediately blamed Tehran for the attacks, while the Iranian Foreign Ministry accused the Trump administration and its Israeli and Gulf State allies of deliberately escalating the situation to “cover up” the US’ “economic terrorism against Iran”.

After Iran said that it had downed a US drone caught spying over Iranian soil, its proxy allies in Yemen launched multiple strikes on the Saudi oil industry, destroying a refinery capacity of 5 million barrels of oil per day.

Relations between Iran and Israel also remain strained, with the Jewish state repeatedly accusing the Islamic Republic of supporting “terrorist” groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and of waging proxy wars in countries such as Syria and Yemen.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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