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2022-June-21  12:38

Iran Downplays US B-52 Bombers' Flight over Persian Gulf

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Abolfazl Shekarchi said that the recent flights of the US B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf are merely a show by Washington.

General Shekarchi downplayed the flying of US B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf, saying it was just a show.

"The US is well aware that in case of a strategic mistake, it will experience irreparable and more dangerous blows than ever before," he added.

The Israel military said in a February statement that Israeli F-15 fighter jets have escorted an American B-52 bomber as it made its way en route to the Persian Gulf.

The B-52H Stratofortress, which is capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, flew from its base in the United Kingdom, through the Straits of Gibraltar, over the Mediterranean, and out over the Red Sea, before traveling back on roughly the same route to the UK.

Earlier this month, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari warned that Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel makes any mistake against Tehran.

“By the order of the Leader of the [Islamic] Revolution, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground for any mistake made by the enemy,” he said.

Elsewhere, General Shekarchi said that the joint military moves made by Israel in cooperation with a number of regional Arab countries are due to the regime’s desperation.

He made the remark on Monday after Israel's minister of military affairs, Benny Gantz, claimed that the regime is building a US-sponsored regional air defense alliance in cooperation with some regional Arab states to foil what he described as “Iran’s attacks”.

“The main reason behind this measure is merely desperation of the Zionist regime,” General Shekarchi said.

Pointing to the reasons behind the regime's establishment of relations with some regional countries, the commander said, "The criminal Zionist officials have acknowledged the pace of the collapse of their bloodthirsty regime."

Israel has been making attempts to draw closer to US-aligned Arab countries in the Persian Gulf in recent years and has offered them defense cooperation.

In a briefing to Israeli lawmakers, Gantz unveiled what he dubbed the "Middle East Air Defense Alliance" and said the regime's cooperation with Arab states is already under way.

"Over the past year I have been leading an extensive program, together with my partners at the Pentagon and in the US administration, that will strengthen the cooperation between Israel and countries in the region," he said, according to an official transcript.

He claimed that the program has already enabled the successful interception of Iranian attempts to attack Israel and other countries.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri has already warned neighboring countries against allowing Israelis into the Persian Gulf, saying such a move would bring nothing but chaos and instability to the region.

He added that if a country allows "the miserable child-killer regime" in Tel Aviv to establish a foothold in this region, that country and the entire region will be inflicted with insecurity, chaos, and instability.