DUBAI/WASHINGTON: Any conflict in the Gulf region may spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of US troops, a senior Iranian military commander said on Sunday after US President Donald Trump said he would impose further sanctions on the Islamic Republic, reports Reuters.
While flagging more sanctions, Trump had also said on Saturday he wanted to make a deal to bolster Iran’s economy in an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned US drone this week by the Islamic Republic. Trump has said he aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing of the drone because it could have killed 150 people.“Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness. No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East,” US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Sunday during a visit to Israel. Iran has said it would respond firmly to any threat against it and warned on Sunday of the risks of a military confrontation.
“If a conflict breaks out in the region, no country would be able to manage its scope and timing,” Major General Gholamali Rashid said, according to the semi-official news agency Fars.