TEHRAN — Iran’s missiles will come roaring down on the country’s enemies if they do wrong, a senior commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying in a Saturday report from semi-official Tasnim news agency.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s airspace division, said: “If the enemy makes a mistake, our roaring missiles will come down on them.”
He added: “Knowing the capabilities of our Armed Forces, I assure you that foreign threats cannot do us any harm,” Iran’s Fars news reported.
Hajizadeh said Washington criticism of recent Iranian missile tests was “a pretext to show their animosity towards us; we are making round-the-clock efforts to defend our country’s security and if the enemy dares to make any mistake our roaring missiles will land on them.”
Hajizadeh’s comments came during a Revolutionary Guard military exercise aimed at testing its missile and radar systems. The exercise was taking place in a 35,000-square-kilometer (13,515-square-mile) area in Semnan province in northern Iran.
The exercise came a day after US President Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Iran in response to a recent missile test. The sanctions target more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China.
Tasnim said all the equipment used in the war game, including all defensive systems, radars, command centers and ground-to-air missile equipment, was designed and manufactured by Iranian scientists.
“Different types of missile and radar systems, which are designed and manufactured by Iranian experts and engineers with diverse ranges, were used during the exercises,” Fars said. “The missile systems used in the drills,” it specified, “included Khordad-III missile system with a range of 75 kilometers and capability of targeting several targets at the same time, Tabas missile system with a range of 60 kilometers also capable of hitting multiple enemy targets and Sayyad-II missile system with range of 75 kilometers and capable of confronting the enemy’s electronic warfare.”
Iranian English language Press TV reported that Iran Senior Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri dismissed what he called recent anti-Iran posturing by the US. He said “threadbare” accusations are aimed by Washington at scaring away investors.
“The Iranian nation and authorities do not attach the least value to these remarks,” he said.
Iran insists its missile test was only for defensive purposes and not a violation of the UN Security Council 2231 resolution or the nuclear deal with Western powers.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted Friday that his country was “unmoved by threats as we derive security for our people. We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.”