“There is a good single voice in support of boosting the country’s missile power,” General Sharif told reporters in a press conference on Monday.
Stressing the deterrent nature of Iran’s missile power, he said based on the guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, missiles have been built to safeguard the country’s security and confront the states which intend to harm its security.
In relevant remarks early July, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani stressed that the country has increased its deterrence and defense power by developing different state-of-the-art missiles.
“Iran’s indigenized missile power has been developing for years based on the country’s need to create a deterrence power,” Shamkhani told reporters in the Northeastern city of Mashhad.
Noting that Iran has reinvigorated the precision-striking power, range and destruction power of its missile throughout years, he said, “Today, it (the missile program) is considered as one of the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power.”
Also, last month, Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined his country’s high missile power one day after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched missile strikes against the ISIL bases 700km away in Syria.
“Iran is among the world’s big powers in the missile field,” General Baqeri said, addressing a meeting in Tehran on June 19.
He stressed the arrogant powers’ weakness in confrontation with Iran, and said, “They don’t have the capability to engage in clashes with us for now and of course, we don’t intend to involve in clashes with them but we are in permanent rivalry with them in different fields, including the missile sector.”
The IRGC launched 6 missile strikes at ISIL centers in Syria’s Deir Ezzur in retaliation for the June 7 twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, it said in a statement issued on June 18, adding that the mid-range ballistic missiles were fired from bases in Western Iran and flew through Iraq’s airspace before hitting the targets in Syria.