Following the US killing of Iranian military leader, Iran is ready to go after Americans within reach.
Iran is ready to punish US targets within Iranian reach.
This is what Gholamali Abuhamzeh, who heads Iran's Revolutionary Guard in the southern province of Kerman, told the Iranian news agency Tasnim.
The alerted offensive is a response to a US drone attack Friday, in which the powerful Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani was killed.
Iran reserves the right to take revenge as a result of the attack, Gholamali Abuhamzehi said in a comment Friday brought by Tasnim on Saturday.
He highlights the Strait of Hormuz as a possible place to hit the United States.
“The Strait of Hormuz is an important place for the West, and many of the United States ships are crossing the Strait. Important US targets have been identified by Iran in the region a long time ago, ”he says.
“Around 35 US targets in the region are within reach with Tel Aviv (in Israel, ed.),” It reads.
Israel is one of the United States' most important allies in the Middle East.
The Strait of Hormuz is of great strategic importance as it is the only access route for Persian Gulf ships to the rest of the world. One-third of the world's oil, transported by ship, goes through the strait.
According to Danish shipping companies, between 150 and 170 Danish-operated ships pass through the strait every month.
Qassem Suleimani was one of Iran's most powerful men.
He was in a vehicle that was hit by a missile fired from a drone on Friday as it was heading out of Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.
An accompanying vehicle with security guards was also hit in the attack.
According to US security adviser Robert O'Brien, Suleimani traveled around the Middle East to plan attacks against US military and diplomats around the region.
A total of ten people – five Iraqis and five Iranians – were killed in the US attack.