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Iran: Infiltration to Missile Program Thwarted

Iran: Infiltration to Missile Program Thwarted

Thursday, 21 February, 2019 - 09:30
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during a public speech in the southern Hormozgan province, Iran, February 17, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERS
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Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on Wednesday that Iran has thwarted an attempt to infiltrate its missile program through a range of indigenous equipment and spare parts.
IRGC news agencies also quoted Hajizadeh denying recent claims made by US officials that Washington has managed to sabotage Tehran’s missile program, describing them as “a very big lie”.
While Hajizadeh did not elaborate on the nature of the equipment and spare parts that the “enemy” used in trying to penetrate the program, he pointed out that the threat “turned into an opportunity after detecting the plot.”
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said relations with the United States had rarely been so bad.

“The struggle between Iran and America is currently at a maximum. America has employed all its power against us,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a cabinet meeting by the state broadcaster IRIB, as reported by Reuters.
“The US pressures on firms and banks to halt business with Iran is one hundred percent a terrorist act,” he said.
The Iranian president stressed that his country was ready for cooperation and interaction with the world, “but the states doing business with us must be careful not to pursue excessive demands, because the Iranian nation does not retreat from its principles and does not favor such demands when it comes to outstanding issues involving its national interests.”
Commenting on the recent US-organized conference in Warsaw, Poland, Rouhani said that Washington’s attempts to persuade other countries to oppose the nuclear deal had led to “a humiliating political defeat” for the US at the UN Security Council.

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