Iran’s Defense Might Non-Negotiable: EC Secretary

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said Iran will continue to boost its missile and defense capabilities, stressing that the country’s defensive program is not a negotiable issue.

Iran’s Defense Might Non-Negotiable: EC Secretary

“Iran’s missiles serve deterrent purposes and if we lose them, we will be attacked,” Rezaei wrote in an article published on Thursday.

Noting that the Islamic Republic will not negotiate its defense power with the US and other Western countries, he stressed Iran’s missile and defense capabilities are “non-negotiable” as Washington is seeking Iran’s “missile disarmament”.

On Tuesday, the US and its European allies sent a joint letter to Spain's UN Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi and UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, claiming that the Islamic Republic’s recent missile launches were "inconsistent with" and "in defiance of" the resolution 2231.

On July 20, 2015, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, which bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”

This is while Iran has repeatedly announced that test of missiles is an issue relating to defense of its territorial integrity and that none of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.

On March 9, the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces test-fired two types of Qadr ballistic missiles during the large-scale drills, codenamed “Might of Velayat”.

The two ballistic missiles, Qadr-H and Qadr-F, were launched from the heights of East Alborz Mountains, north of Iran, and hit targets on the Makran coasts, southeast of the country.

According to reports, Qadr-H missile has a range of 1,700 kilometers while Qadr-F missile can destroy targets some 2,000 kilometers away.

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