- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his surrogates started off the week by mocking the Obama administration and claiming the capability to “raze” Israel in less than 10 minutes.

Mr. Khamenei told state-controlled media Monday that U.S. objections over Iran’s continued missile tests — in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 — was tantamount to “crying.”

“[The U.S. has] engaged in a lot of hue and cry over Iran’s missile capabilities, but they should know that this ballyhoo does not have any influence and they cannot do a damn thing,” Mr. Khamenei said Monday from Tehran, the Washington Free Beacon reported. “Jihad still exists. Great Jihad means not abiding by the enemy whom we are fighting; not abiding by enemy in economy, politics, culture and art is the great Jihad.”

Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp’s al-Quds Force, mulled how long the destruction of Israel would take.

“If the Supreme Leader’s orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes,” Mr. Karimpour said, the Free Beacon reported

Diplomats told Reuters in March that Iran’s missile tests leave western nations in a lurch, as the nuclear agreement it signed with world powers in July included nonbinding language related to missile programs.

“Several diplomats said the most Iran could expect would be a public rebuke by the Security Council,” Reuters reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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