Iran claims it can turn NYC into 'hellish ruins' with nukes: report

Two Telegram channel linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reportedly posted a video over the weekend touting Iran's nuclear capabilities and threatening New York City
Two Telegram channel linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reportedly posted a video over the weekend touting Iran's nuclear capabilities and threatening New York City. Photo credit Bisimchi Media/Telegram

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two Telegram channels linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reportedly posted a video over the weekend warning that the country can build nuclear warheads in the “shortest possible time” and turn New York City into “hellish ruins.”

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The short video entitled, “When Will Iran's Sleeping Nuclear Warheads Awaken,” claimed Iran won’t hesitate to build nuclear bombs “if the U.S. or the Zionist regime make any stupid mistakes,” according to a report in Iran International, a Persian language TV station based in London.

The video claims uranium enrichment is happening in secret underground facilities near the city of Qom, south of Tehran, and that Iran can quickly transform its “peaceful nuclear program to a nuclear weapons program.”

The video reportedly warned nuclear facilities at Natanz may be vulnerable to attack but that “nuclear facilities of Fordow have been built deep under mountains of Iran” and will assume a war footing if Natanz is targeted.

The video also suggested that Iran’s ballistic missiles have the capability of “turning New York into hellish ruins,” according to Iran International, which said the video cited Iran’s mostly unsuccessful space program.

Last month, New York City launched a nuclear attack preparedness public service announcement that encouraged New Yorkers to take “key, simple steps in the event of such an incident.”

The city's Emergency Management Department didn’t explain why it released the PSA when it did, but it came after Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made unspecific warnings earlier this year about his country’s nuclear arsenal amid deteriorating relations with the West over Moscow's ongoing war in Ukraine.

During a visit to the Mideast in mid-July, President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem, where the two leaders declared they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power.

While Biden suggested his patience with Iran was running low, he held out hope that Iran can be persuaded to rejoin a dormant deal intended to prevent it from building a nuclear weapon.

Biden’s emphasis on a diplomatic solution on Iran’s nuclear program contrasted with Lapid, who said Iran must face a real threat of force before it will agree to give up on its nuclear ambitions.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi then lashed out at the U.S. and “its regional allies” for stoking instability in the region, state-run IRNA news agency reported.

“Any mistake by the Americans and their allies in the region and the world will be met with a harsh and regrettable response,” Raisi said.

Biden made reviving the Iran nuclear deal, brokered by Barack Obama in 2015 and abandoned by Donald Trump in 2018, a key priority as he entered office.

But indirect talks for the U.S. to reenter the deal have stalled as Iran has made rapid gains in developing its nuclear program. That's left the Biden administration increasingly pessimistic about resurrecting the deal, which placed significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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