TEL AVIV – Amid ongoing Iranian threats to “retaliate” if the U.S. pursues a decade-long sanctions extension, Iran has managed to enhance both the quality and quantity of its ballistic missiles, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ air and missile force boasted.
“In addition to enhancing the precision-striking power and quality of ballistic missiles, the Iranian authorities and experts have used innovative and shortcut methods to produce inexpensive missiles, and today we are witnessing an increase in production [of ballistic missiles],” Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in Tehran on Tuesday, the state-controlled Fars News Agency reported.
Iran has “settled its problems” and “become self-sufficient in the field of defense and military activities,” Hajizadeh added.
Fars also reminded its readers of a statement made by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, who said the Islamic Republic has “no limit” for the range of “liquid- or solid-fueled” ballistic missiles.
“90 percent of the country’s defense systems have reached an acceptable standard and enjoy competitive quality compared with the weapons of advanced countries,” Dehqan said.
The report also mentioned the IRGC’s testing in March of home-made ‘Qadr H’ liquid-fueled ballistic missiles, one of which had a written message emblazoned on it in Hebrew reading “Israel should be wiped off the earth.” Fars further emphasized the Qadr H’s ability to reach Israel.
A similar sentiment was printed on a truck carrying the Zolfaqar ballistic missile in a September military parade in Tehran: “If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into dust.”
Two months earlier, IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami bragged that the “grounds for the annihilation and collapse of the Zionist regime are provided more than ever.”
In October, one of the founders of the IRGC Mohsen Rafighdoost warned that if the U.S. tried anything against Iran, it would deploy nine million troops to fight U.S. forces. Rafighdoost added that Iran has “warehouses” full of missiles ready to “flatten” Tel Aviv.
Breitbart Jerusalem on Sunday reported threats from several Iranian officials that there would be grave consequences for America’s violation of the nuclear deal following the Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for another ten years.