Iranian President Rohani: Attack on Syria Will Cause Destruction in the Middle East

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said the air strikes by the U.S., Britain and France constituted a crime that would not achieve any gains

Handout: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei listens to a speech by Iranian President Hassan Rohani on April 14, 2018.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani said Saturday that the U.S.-led military strike on Syria will cause destruction in the Middle East. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said an attack on Syria by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday was a crime and would not achieve any gains.

"Today's dawn attack on Syria is a crime," said Khameinei. "I clearly declare that the president of the United States, the president of France and the British prime minister are criminals," Khamenei said in a speech, according to his Twitter account.

"They will not benefit (from the attack) as they went to Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in the past years and committed such crimes and did not gain any benefits," Khamenei said.

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Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said: "The Syrian people will certainly answer these attacks and the people of the world should condemn this aggression," Fars news agency reported.

An official in Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Islamic Republic's most powerful arm, said the fallout from the attacks will be at Washington's expense.

"With this attack ... the situation will become more complex, and this will surely be at the expense of the United States, which will be responsible for the aftermath of upcoming regional events that will certainly not be in their interest," Yadollah Javani, the Guards' deputy head for political affairs, told Fars news agency.

"The resistance front will be strengthened and it will have more capacity to act against [U.S.] acts of intervention. Americans should expect the consequences of their actions," Javani said.