Iran not to retreat from plans to boost missile power: Defense Minister

Tasnim– Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underlined that the Islamic Republic will never hesitate to boost its missile power in the face of foreign threats against the country’s defense program.

Addressing a gathering of commanders of the Law Enforcement Force in Tehran on Sunday, Brigadier General Dehqan rejected recent US allegations against Iran and said they have their roots in the false claims made by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).

“We have many times responded to the Americans and therefore, they should be certain that the Iranian nation will never accept any humiliation or imposition (of will) by any power,” he noted.

The country will never retreat from its plans to boost its defense and missile power, the defense minister added.

He made the remarks in reference to recent MKO allegations that Iran is violating the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by “secretly conducting research into nuclear weapons components” at the Parchin military site in Iran.

Earlier on April 15, US Senator John McCain met with the MKO members in Albania, talking about his opposition to the Islamic Republic and pledging continued support for the group.

The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.