Iran plans missile tests, threatens Israel

(JTA) — Iran announced new missile tests and threatened to obliterate Israel.

With tougher sanctions taking effect Sunday, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Reuters on Monday that the three days of missile tests this week aim to show that Iran will be “resolute in standing up to … bullying, and will respond to any possible evil decisively and strongly.”

Hajizadeh also said that if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear sites, “they will hand us an excuse to wipe them off the face of the earth.”

Reuters reported that the tougher sanctions, which took effect Sunday, ban European Union states from importing Iranian oil, among other measures. They were enacted earlier this year in a bid to pressure Iran to stop enriching uranium in its suspected nuclear weapons program.

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