Iran’s IRGC leader says he would like to see Iran get rid of Israel
A top Iranian general has suggested he would prefer that Israel be removed from Iran’s borders and that Israel should be “dismantled” and destroyed.
The remarks were made by General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s armed forces and a close ally of President Hassan Rouhani, in an interview published on Thursday.
Soleimans remarks come a day after the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Israel must be destroyed.
“Israel must be dissolved from Iran, and Israel must also be destroyed, in the words of Khamenei,” Soleiman said on Thursday, adding that Israel is a “hostile state” that is trying to harm Iran’s nuclear program.
“I would like that Israel would be annihilated and destroyed,” he said, according to an article published by Tasnim news agency.
The comments came a day before the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on Iran to dismantle its nuclear program and dismantle its facilities in the region.
“Iran will not give up its nuclear weapons, nor its nuclear facilities, nor any of its components, nor will it stop its nuclear activities,” Rouhani said at the time.
“Its nuclear program has not been stopped by anyone.
It has not stopped by the U.N. Security Council.
Iran will not stop its enrichment or its activities.”