WASHINGTON — The Iranian government issued a chilling barrage of threats toward the United States Tuesday, warning that their land-to-sea ballistic missile could “hit any ship”.
The warnings came in the wake of increased tensions between Iran and the U.S. in recent weeks as a result of new sanctions issued upon Iran by U.S. president Donald Trump.
“We have managed to make land-to-sea ballistic, not cruise, missiles that can hit any vessel or ship from 700 kilometres,” Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division, said in a statement, in which he went on to threaten to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if Washington tries to strangle Tehran’s oil exports.
Trump ordered the sanctions placed upon the rogue country in response to reports that Iran has continued development of nuclear weapons – allegations Iranian government officials continue to deny.
Iranian Oil Minister, Bijan Zanganeh, responded angrily to the sanctions, accusing Trump of “bullying” other nations, and claimed the global market is suffering as a result.
“The oil market is suffering from short supply and this cannot be resolved by words,” said Zanganeh. “Trump thinks he can bring the oil prices down by bullying. Everyone is worried and Trump has failed to reassure them. That’s why the market is in turmoil.”
Trump has declared that any country that continues doing business with Iran is subject to harsh U.S. penalties.