Iran Says it has Highly Accurate Missiles

Saturday, 24 August, 2019 - 06:45
Tehran - Asharq Al-Awsat

Iran has produced highly accurate missiles which it has not publicized, Iranian Deputy Defense Minister General Qassem Taqizadeh said on Friday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Taqizadeh did not provide details about the weapons, Reuters said.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last year and stepped up sanctions on Tehran in order to curb Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

"Today we have very accurate missiles which we have not publicized," Taqizadeh said, according to Fars.

Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday, amid rising tensions with the United States.

Iran shot down a US military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June, nearly setting off a conflict with America. Iran says the drone was over its territory, but the United States says it was in international airspace.

"The Americans know well that we don't have to go to New York and confront them," Taqizadeh said. "Today there are tens of thousands of Americans in the region and because of this the Supreme Leader said that they will not get into a war with us."

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