A top Iranian general said Thursday his country has developed a “strategic capacity” to destroy Israel.

“We warn them [Zionists] that if a new war breaks out, it will result in their termination,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said at a conference in the Iranian city of Mashhad, according to the regime-linked Tasnim news agency.

Tasnim went on to paraphrase Salami as saying that “Iran has warned the Zionist regime not to play with fire, because they will be destroyed before the US helps them.”

He vowed that a new war “will result in Israel’s defeat within three days, in a way that they will not find enough graves to bury their dead.”

On Monday, the Salami told a reporter in Tehran that Iran’s strategy was to eventually wipe Israel off the “global political map.”

Source: Times of Israel