Iran will destroy cities of" tel aviv and Haifa" if attacked – Supreme leader

Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khemenei, said the Islamic Republic would raze the cities of tel aviv and Haifa “to the ground” if " Israel "launched a military strike against it.

“At times the officials of the Zionist regime [Israel] threaten to launch a military invasion, but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze tel aviv and Haifa to the ground,” Ayotollah Ali Khamenei said during an address on live state television,according to RT.

Khamenei also said that he is not optimistic but “not opposed” to direct nuclear talks with US.

"I am not optimistic about these talks. Why? Because our past experiences show that talks for American officials does not mean for us to sit down and reach a logical solution... What they mean by talks is that we sit down and talk until Iran accepts their viewpoint," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on the live TV address.