Iran mulls special military section for missile projects
Iran might establish a special section within the paramilitary revolutionary guards (IRGC) for strengthening its missile projects, the Tehran daily Hamshari reported Monday, the dpa reported.
The daily quoted IRGC commander General Mohammad-Ali Jafari as saying that in line with changes in the missile projects, a special and independent unit might become necessary considering the "new conditions and form of threats."
He gave no further details.
Iran's controversial nuclear programmes have led in the recent months to speculations of military attacks by the United States or Israel against the country's nuclear sites.
Although Iran's top officials doubt the probability of an attack, they have warned that any aggression would decisively be confronted.
General Jafari further said that the IRGC navy would in the future focus its presence to the Persian Gulf rather than the Caspian Sea. US warships are mainly present in the Persian Gulf while the Caspian Sea borders Russia and Central Asian states.
The IRGC has in the recent months tested several missiles in military manoeuvres, including new types of land-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles whose range are said to cover the entire Persian Gulf.
The main Western concern is however still focused on the medium- range Shahab-3 missile which reportedly has a range of between 1,300 and 2,000 kilometres and could reach any part of Israel.