US Fears Iran’s Missile Might, Commander Says
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces said the United States is concerned about Iran’s increasing missile power and tries to use it as a pretext to undermine the Iranian Establishment.
Asked about the reason behind Washington’s excessive focus on Iran’s missile program, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said, “One reason is that Americans are extremely worried Iran would achieve capabilities higher than what it has today.”
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony here in Tehran, he added that Americans are trying to advance their policies in the region by undermining Iran’s capabilities.
Every now and then, Washington tries to find pretexts to question the entire Iranian Establishment, Jazayeri said, pointing to Iran’s nuclear energy program, missile program, or even the human rights issue as some of the pretexts used by the US for achieving its objectives.
Earlier in the day, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that although certain Western states do not want the Islamic Republic to be powerful enough to ensure the security of the Middle East, Tehran should develop its military might, missile capabilities in particular.
Larijani praised Iran’s ability to confront terrorists in the region, saying that “combative spirit and defense capabilities” are the main factors behind the country’s sustainable stability and strength to crack down on terrorists.
“Although some excuses recently raised by a number of Western countries about Iran’s missile (tests) are flimsy and legally worthless, they are indicative of their (Westerners) long-term policy which (shows) they do not want the Islamic Republic to be powerful enough to ensure regional security,” he stated.
“For this reason, we should insist on strengthening the country’s defense capability, especially in the missile field,” Larijani added.