IRGC Official: Sanctions not to contain Iran’s missile progress

FNA- Advisor to the Supreme Leader’s Representative at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Yadollah Javani underlined that the western embargoes will not dissuade Iran from continued progress in its defense and missile program.

“The westerners imagine that the same way that the sanctions and pressures made Iran come to the negotiating table over its nuclear issue, the country will negotiate on its missile program too, but it is a miscalculation,” Javani said on Tuesday.

“They (the West) want to take the power of defense from the Iranian nation. The Iranian nation should be able to defend itself and today, one of the important tools for this defense is missile and missile power,” he added.

Javani underscored that Iran is developing its missile power as a deterrent to prevent war, adding, “Missile talks mean inching closer to war.”

In relevant remarks on Monday, Deputy Chief of Staff and Spokesman of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri repeated the country’s firm opposition to talks with the foreign states on its missile program, stressing continued progress in the defense fields.

“Enhancement of the country’s defense power will continue uninterrupted and the foreigners are not entitled to interfere in this arena,” General Jazzayeri said.

France’s foreign ministry had claimed on Sunday that Iran’s ballistic missile program was a major concern.

“No one is entitled to hold negotiations and talks with the foreigners on the country’s defense and missile power,” the Iranian General underscored.

He also said that in the current conditions that the world powers repeatedly raise threats against Iran or commit war crimes in the region, the Iranian Armed Force should enhance their defense capabilities in all fields, including the “missile systems”.

General Jazzayeri had also announced on Saturday that Tehran will hold talks on its missile program only if Washington and the European states destroy their atomic warheads and long-range missiles.

“Annihilation of the US and Europe’s nuclear weapons and long-range missiles is the prerequisite for negotiations on Iran’s missiles,” General Jazzayeri said.

He, meantime, underlined that the American officials’ statements about containing Iran’s missile power is a wish that will never come true and are result of Washington’s failures in the region, adding that the US weakness vis a vis Tehran is the result of the latter’s enhanced defense power.

Jazzayeri stressed that the US wrath will end and Washington will calm down when it leaves the West Asia region.

The Iranian officials have always criticized the western states for their interference and demands from Iran to hold talks on its missile program while themselves posses nuclear weapons.