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Salami: US officials not qualified to discuss Iran's missile might

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 9, IRNA -- Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry for his interfering remarks against Iran's missile program, warning that the American officials are in no way entitled to comment on the issue.

'The missile capability is a backup for Iran's prestige, honor, survival and dignity and will never be negotiated, compromised and dealt with,' Brigadier General Salami told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

He blasted Kerry's Thursday comments that Washington was open to a "new arrangement" with Iran for peacefully resolving disputes, including Tehran's ballistic missile tests, and said, 'They are not entitled to talk about our defense requirements.'

Salami underscored Iran's determination to make further advancements in the missile industry under the Supreme Leader's supervision.

Also, in response to Kerry's comments, Deputy Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri on Friday warned the US officials that Iran's missile power is a redline which can no way be encroached.

'Iran's diplomatic apparatus which hammered out a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program to deal firmly and transparently with the US meddling in Iran's affairs, specially in the domain of defense,' General Jazzayeri told reporters on Friday.

"We are stressing what has been said several times that is the missile power is non-negotiable and among the redlines of the Iranian nation and is meant for developing its defense capabilities, Iran doesn't get permission from anybody," he added.

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