Ataollah Salehi, commander of Iran’s army, said a nuclear deal will not prevent the destruction of Israel. He made the comments to Iran's state-run news agency, Fars, Sept. 22, 2015. (Image: FNA)

Ataollah Salehi, commander of Iran’s army, said a nuclear deal will not prevent the destruction of Israel. He made the comments to Iran’s state-run news agency, Fars, Sept. 22, 2015. (Image: FNA)

Nuclear deal or no nuclear deal with President Obama, Iran says Israel will be destroyed.

Ataollah Salehi, commander of Iran’s army, told Iran’s state-run news agency on Tuesday Israel’s fate is sealed.

“Israel only barks, no matter how much weapons are given to [it], we are going to destroy them, we will promise this task will be done,” the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday. “We are glad that we are in the forefront of executing supreme leader’s order to destroy the Zionist regime. They have been hit by those supported by us [Iran] even though they have not confronted us directly; if they confront us directly they will be destroyed.”

Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iran expert and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the paper Iran will become more aggressive because it sees the Obama administration as weak.

“Iran’s military establishment neither fears nor respects the U.S. anymore,” Ghasseminejad told the Washington Free Beacon. “The U.S. faces a credibility problem in the region; the problem will be there as long as President Obama is in office.”

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Salehi’s speech comes just weeks after Iran announced plans to build two new nuclear reactors in its southern Bushehr province with help from Russia.

“The contract for building two [new] power plants has been inked with Russia and the preliminary steps and their designing have already started,” Ali Akbar Salhi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told Fars News Agency Sept. 8, WND reported.

President Obama said the nuclear deal signed with Iran July 15 offered the world “an opportunity to move in a new direction,” Reuters reported. “We should seize it.”

Critics of the Obama administration have said the deal, forged with the help of five other world powers and Iran, only gives the nation billions of dollars in sanctions relief for use fomenting terror in the region and undermining U.S. foreign policy.

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