The head of the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group — Hezbollah — Hassan Nasrallah has cautioned the US against striking Iran in a TV address on Al Quds Day as he said that if Washington attacks the Islamic Republic, the whole region will rise against it and its interests in the Middle East.
“The US knows well that any war on Iran will not remain confined to Iran’s borders. The entire region will burn, leading to all US forces and interests in the region being annihilated”, he said.
Nasrallah further denied charges that Hezbollah has factories in Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles, but said it has enough of those missiles “to change the face of the region.”
“US President Donald Trump knows that when the region is on fire, a barrel of oil will be $200 or $300,” Hassan Nasrallah said.
The US recently sent an aircraft carrier strike group, 1,500 troops and a regiment of B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a bid to deter the Iranian “threat”.
Nasrallah’s comments came the same day Saudi Arabia called an emergency meeting of the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to counter what it says is Iran’s growing influence in the region.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told an emergency Arab summit on Friday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian “escalations” in the region after attacks on Persian Gulf oil assets.