With the United States and Iran accusing each other of increasing tensions in the Middle East, the Iranian military rattled its saber by stating that it’s fully capable of responding to any U.S. “military adventurism” in the region.

Adding to the already tense situation, Israel and Saudi Arabia are pressuring Washington to carry out a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities before the Biden administration takes office, according to the Arabic language newspaper Dar Al-Hayat.

Citing anonymous U.S. officials, the report stated that the Israelis and Saudis have, “exerted heavy pressure on the president to take out Iran’s nuclear installations in a surgical strike” in order to neuter Biden’s election promise to bring the U.S. and Iran back to the negotiation table.

On Friday, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Hossein Salami, spoke at Tehran University at a ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of MG Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was the head of Iran’s Quds Force that has been behind the deaths of hundreds of Americans through proxy forces. The U.S. killed him in a drone strike shortly after he arrived in Baghdad’s airport on January 3 of last year. 

Speaking to a crowd that included members of Soleimani’s family as well as contingents of Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian people, Salami said Iran was ready to confront any challenge. He didn’t specifically mention the United States. 

“Today, we have no problem, concern, or apprehension toward encountering any powers. We will give our final words to our enemies on the battlefield,” Salami said.

Solemani’s replacement, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, hinted that “freedom seekers” inside the U.S. could retaliate for Soleimani’s assassination. “Inside your own home, there might be those who want to respond to the crime that you committed,” he said.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry posted on Twitter that anyone linked to Soleimani’s killing must be brought to justice: