Mojtaba Zonnour, the chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Majlis, said in a June 30, 2019 interview on Al-Alam TV (Iran) that America has 36 military bases in the region, the closest of which is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet in Bahrain and the most remote being on Diego Garcia island in the Indian Ocean. He said that all these bases are within range of Iran's missiles. He claimed that Iran has "intelligence hegemony" that enables it to quickly detect any changes in these bases. Zonnour said that Israel will survive for less than 30 minutes if the U.S. attacks Iran and that the American aircraft carrier in the region that is supposed to intimidate Iran is actually an easy target because of its size. He further threatened that Iran will sink the aircraft carrier along with its 7,000-man crew if America attacks Iran.
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36 American Bases 'Will Be Within Range of Our Missiles'
Mojtaba Zonnour stated: "We took action that created deterrence. America has 36 military bases in the region, in addition to the Zionist entity. The closest military base is the one in Bahrain, and it serves as home for the American [Navy’s] Fifth Fleet, which occupies one-quarter of Bahrain’s soil and all of its shores.
"The most remote American base is the one in Diego Garcia island in the Indian Ocean. Any of these American bases, close and far, will be within the range of our missiles."
'If America Attacks Us, Israel Will Survive For Less Than Half An Hour'
Mojtaba Zonnour also said that if attacked, Iran will immediately retaliate against Israel: "Today, we have intelligence hegemony. We detect very quickly all the changes in the American bases in the region. If America attacks us, Israel will survive for less than half an hour."
'We Will Sink That Aircraft Along With Its 7,000 Crew Members'
Zonnour threatened further action against an American aircraft carrier and its crew of 7,000: "The Americans say that there are 60-70 planes aboard a certain aircraft carrier. Fine. Whatever. They are trying to intimidate us with their aircraft carrier, but its huge size only makes it easier for us to target. How many airplanes will take off from that aircraft carrier? We will sink that aircraft carrier along with its 7,000 crew members. With the grace of Allah we can do all of this, if they think of attacking us."