A long-range Qadr ballistic missile is launched in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran on March 9, 2016.

Iran’s missile policy not subject to negotiation: Spokesman

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari reaffirmed that the country’s missile policy is defensive in nature and will not be subject to any negotiation with any world power.

“Regarding the defense and missile issues, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a crystal clear stance,” Jaberi Ansari told reporters at his weekly press briefing in Tehran on Monday.

During all rounds of nuclear negotiations with world powers, the other side insisted on involving the issue of Iran’s missile program in the talks, which was always rejected by the Iranian negotiating team, the spokesman added.

“This is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s firm policy,” he said, adding that repetition of old stances and policies by the other party to the nuclear agreement will not make Tehran change its missile policy.

He further said that the Iranian nation has proved its policies are of defensive nature and that Iran has never invaded any country over the past two centuries.

The remarks came after Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi announced that Iran has test-fired a high precision ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and pinpoint accuracy of 8 meters.

“Two weeks ago, we test-fired a missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and a margin of error of eight meters,” Abdollahi said in a scientific conference in Tehran on Monday, adding that the margin means that the missile enjoys zero error.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiation.

By Tasnim News Agency