- Hezbollah Chief Warns War Against Iran Would ‘Engulf Region’
Hassan Nasrallah’s comments come as Arab leaders meet in Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran’s growing influence.
The head of the Lebanese political and armed movement Hezbollah has warned that any war against Iran would cause the Middle East to “erupt”. Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that the United States “know well that any war on Iran will not remain confined to Iran’s borders. The entire region will burn”, leading to all US forces and interests in the region being “annihilated”.
The head of the Iran-backed movement made the comments in a televised speech as emergency meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Arab League took place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The meetings were held in order to counter what Saudi Arabia has called Iran’s growing influence in the region. They take place amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
In the year since President Donald Trump withdrew the US from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and several other world powers Washington has since steadily ratcheted up pressure on Tehran: reimposing sanctions, moving to cut the country’s oil exports to zero, blacklisting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “terrorist group” and deploying US military units to the Gulf in response to an unspecified threat.