TEHRAN - The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards on Sunday warned of retaliation against the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz, US bases in the Middle East and Israel if his country was to be attacked.
We have other capabilities as well, particularly when it comes to the support of Muslims for the Islamic republic," he said.
He added that Tehran believed Israel was unsuccessfully trying to push the United States to take part in military action against Iran's nuclear facilities.
"I do not think the attack would be carried out without US permission," he said.
However if Israeli jets or missiles did strike Iran, "nothing of Israel will be left, considering its size," he warned.
"I do not think any part of Israel will be untouched given our missile capabilities. Thus, our response (warning of annihilatory retaliation) is in itself a deterrent."
Jafari said that his personal opinion was that, in case of attack, Iran would leave the NPT which is meant to prevent states developing nuclear weapons while permitting atomic energy generation.
"In case of an attack, Iran's obligations will change. My assessment is that Iran may leave the NPT - but it would not mean a dash towards a nuclear bomb because we have a religious edict from the supreme leader" against atomic weapons, he said.