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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as he arrives for a news conference in Tehran, Iran January 17, 2016. REUTERS/President.ir/Handout

London-What Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of the so-called Hezbollah, said on its group receiving financial support and ammunition from Iran has caused an endless debate.

Amidst that debate, General Hossein Salami, deputy chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said: “In Lebanon alone over 100,000 missiles are ready at all times to fly to the heart of the Zionist regime”.

“Tens of thousands of other missiles have been planted in the Palestinian lands and are awaiting orders to strike Israel and create a new equation,” he added.

Salami threats came one week after the threats of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of IRGC Quds Force division, to Bahrain and the GCC countries.

These warnings are all an attempt to hurdle the government of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, as it has become an economic menace to the IRGC especially after signing the nuclear agreement, opening up to Arab countries and trying to depend on foreign investment.

Iranians had different thoughts on IRGC’s approach, knowing that its statement brings nothing new. It falls under the usual statements made on the sidelines of the annual march at al-Quds day.

In separate news, Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s interim Friday prayers leader, said that the sky-high salaries issue is an exception and warned of politicizing the matter. Khatami promised to call to account all those involved and to provide the Iranian people with all updates.

Rouhani’s brother Hossein Fereydoun, currently accused of corruption cases in Iran, denied rumors that he played a role in assigning Ali Sedghi as CEO and Vice Chairman at Bank Refah Kargaran.