Iran: any more sanctions mean further missile development
Tehran, Iran, March 11
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Any sanctions would mean further development of missile power from Iran, Deputy Commander of Iran's General Staff of Armed Forces Masoud Jazayeri said.
Referring to Western sensitivity toward Iran's recent missile tests, he said the country's defense power is not negotiable, Mehr news agency reported March 11.
He said the United States is trying to weaken Iran's ballistic missile program.
"The US and its Western and regional allies would better accept the reality and stop making stories about Iran, or else they would have to merely watch the chain of Iran's missile show-offs," the commander stressed.
The IRGC forces test-fired two types of Qadr ballistic missiles during the drills in north of Iran on March 9.
The two ballistic missiles, Qadr-H and Qadr-F, were launched from the heights of East Alborz Mountains, north of Iran, and hit the targets on the Makran coasts, southeast of the country.
The projectiles streaked along Iran's airspace for some 1,400 kilometers before hitting the targets.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday that Washington would review the incident and, if it is confirmed, raise it in the UN Security Council and seek an "appropriate response".
"We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran's missile program," Toner added, in a possible reference to additional U.S. sanctions.