Vastavam web: The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 kilometres, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.Iran has repeatedly said its missile programme is defensive and not negotiable.
“If we have kept the range of our missiles to 2,000 kilometres, it’s not due to lack of technology. We are following a strategic doctrine,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, according to Fars.The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards military force, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said last month that Iran’s 2,000-kilometre missile range could cover “most of American interest and forces” within the region, so Iran did not need to extend it.Iran has one of the Middle East’s largest missile programmes and some of its precision-guided missiles have the range to strike Israel.Iran has denied supplying the Houthis with missiles and weapons.
“Yemen is in total blockade. How could we have given them any missile?“ Salami said, according to the Fars report on Saturday. ”If Iran can send a missile to Yemen, it shows the incapability of (the Saudi coalition). But we have not given them missiles.”Jafari, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, said on Thursday that Iran only provides “advisory and spiritual” assistances to the Houthis.
Iran long denied sending fighters to Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against the rebels, and said the Revolutionary Guards’ presence on the ground was advisory.The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
The United States says Iran’s missile programme is a breach of international law because the missiles could carry nuclear warheads in the future.