Iranian group threatens to reduce New York to ‘hellish ruins’ with nuclear warheads

In an alarming turn of events this weekend, Middle East expert Ben Sabti posted to social media that the Telegram channel of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran has threatened to swiftly produce atomic weaponry capable of transforming New York into “hellish ruins,” as the Jerusalem Post reports.

According to Sabti’s tweet, the group, which the U.S. government has designated as a foreign terrorist entity, claimed that “Iran can immediately return to Emad project and build an #ATOM bomb, if Natanz facilities are attacked.”

The Post noted that the reference to “Emad” has to do with an Iranian long-range missile, and the Bisimchi Media Telegram channel also promoted a video under the name “When Will Iran’s Sleeping Nuclear Warheads Awaken.”

Adding to the alarming nature of the dispatch, the video states that the regime in Tehran is prepared to develop nuclear weapons in short order should “the U.S. or the Zionist regime make any stupid mistakes.”

Iran International provided further clarity about the video’s contents, which reportedly declared that Iranian ballistic missiles are powerful enough to turn “New York into hellish ruins” and that the country’s nuclear facilities at Fordow have been constructed in such a way as to evade “trench-busting bombs and even nuclear explosion.”

The Post further revealed that the video claimed that uranium enrichment capabilities in Iran are already to a state sufficient to enable rapid nuclear breakout and a quick shift to war footing.

Though the nebulous nature of the video may not spark immediate panic on the world stage, as John Hinderaker at Powerline notes, it seems more than obvious that Iran’s nuclear program is dangerously advanced and that it would be relatively easy for the productions of weapons to commence if the country’s leaders so desire.

As such, the notion that the Biden administration has any lingering interest in rejoining any version of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal – from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. back in 2018 is, to many, positively stupefying.

Even so, speaking on the topic of nuclear nonproliferation at the United Nations on Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the astounding declaration that a return to the 2015 pact would indeed represent the best outcome for the U.S., for Iran, and for the rest of the world – the resulting risk of “hellish” ruination of American cities, apparently, to be damned.