Iran’s top security official says the country faces no scientific restrictions for increasing the range of its missiles, but that it has no plans to do so and is only focused on increasing their accuracy.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in an address to a national summit on space technology at the Iran University of Science and Technology, in Tehran on Tuesday.
He said that Western and Israeli media have been leading a propaganda campaign against Iran by linking the country’s space program to its efforts towards promoting its missile power.
“Iran has no scientific and operational restrictions for increasing the range of its military missiles, and it is only continuously working on boosting the precision [of the missiles] based on its defense doctrine, and has no intention to increase their range,” he added.
Earlier this month, Iran successfully launched a domestically-built satellite into space with an aim to collect environmental information to boost the country’s forecasting system, although technical problems prevented the spacecraft from reaching orbit.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the satellite launch was actually part of what he called Tehran’s attempt to develop intercontinental ballistic missile.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also claimed that Iran was using the spacecraft launch as a cover for testing technology that is necessary to lob a warhead at the US and other countries.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Shamkhani said that Israel’s anti-Iran propaganda campaign was actually “meant to divert the public opinion from the moral and economic corruption among the regime’s rulers.”
He further referred to ex-Israeli energy minister Gonen Segev’s espionage for Iran, describing it as a scandal for Tel Aviv.
“Nothing is more scandalous for the Zionist regime, which claims to be the superior intelligence power, than realizing…that its cabinet ministers have turned into intelligence sources, hundreds of kilometers of tunnels have been dug beneath its foot, and missiles are in the powerful hands of resistance fighters in Gaza and Lebanon,” he noted.
Separately on Tuesday, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami emphasized that Iran’s missile power is not up for negotiations.
“Today, the enemy persistently stresses the elimination of Iran’s missile capability, a lasting [element of] power, but we have repeatedly said Iran’s missile power is not a subject that we can put to talks,” he said at a meeting of the administrative council of central Yazd Province.
Last week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian threatened to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program.
Iran strongly censured the threat and vowed to reconsider its relations with European countries in case such bans are imposed.
“Iran’s military capabilities are part of the country’s legitimate defense power and a guarantor of the Islamic Republic’s national security, which is based on the doctrine of deterrence,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
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