DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. and its allies as he addressed a pro-government demonstration denouncing last week’s violent protests over a fuel price hike.
Gen. Hossein Salami, echoing other Iranian officials, accused the U.S., Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia of stoking the unrest. Addressing the crowd Monday, he warned the West: “If you cross our red line, we will destroy you… We will not leave any move unanswered.”
Amnesty International says more than 100 people were killed in the protests. Iran has not released a death toll and cut off internet for several days, making it hard to ascertain the extent and severity of the demonstrations.
Iran has been gripped by an economic crisis since the U.S. restored sanctions after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal.