Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, General Seyyed Hassan Firouzabadi shrugged off recent US officials remarks on Iran's missile capabilities, and derided such comments as "foolish and politically-motivated", the country's Tasnim news agency reported on Feb. 15.
"The US administrators' remarks emanate from the political lobbies there. Thus, they (US officials) raise whatever fabricated by them (the lobbies) and even do not think about it," Firouzabadi said.
This comes after White House National Security Council (NSC) Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said on February 11 that the US aims to stop Iran's missile tests under a final nuclear agreement, which Tehran and the P5+1 (Russia, Britain, the US, China, France and Germany) try to achieve in a series of comprehensive talks.
"We have seen reports that Iran has tested two missiles. Iran's missile program continues to pose a dangerous threat to region, and is an issue we monitor closely," she told the Washington Free Beacon on Feb. 11.
Earlier, Iran's Defense Ministry announced on February 10 that it has successfully test-fired a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles and a new type of laser-guided missile.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Firouzabadi reiterated that Iran's defense capabilities "would never pose a threat to any country," and emphasized that the country's whole defensive might is meant to safeguard the Islamic Revolution.