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No int'l deal limits countries' missile programs: Military official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 21, IRNA -- Iran's missile program is not negotiable and is a red-line for the Islamic Republic, a top military official said here on Saturday, adding that there is no international contract for limiting the countries' missile programs.

Iranian Armed Forces spokesman General Masoud Jazayeri has said that the historical experiences have indicated that Iran could not be a lamb among the wolves such as the US and the Zionist regime.

Touching upon the Western countries' threats against Iran, Jazayeri described the enemies' measures as 'political bluffs' aimed at hindering the progress of Iran's defensive power.

'We are facing vicious enemies such as US and the international Zionism,' he said, adding that Iran should bolster its defense industry.

Jazayeri said Iran's nuclear and defensive missile programs are two different issues.

'The Islamic Republic of Iran's missile progress could not be stopped,' he said, adding that the country would not accept any limitation and missile program would be developed in all levels and ranges.

Touching upon Iran's advisory presence in different countries, he said the move is at the official requests of the governments and is completely legal.

Describing US and the Zionist regime as the main sources of terrorism, he noted that the world should tackle these cancerous tumors vigorously in the long run.

Calling US as a terrorist-breeding and vicious regime, he added that the presence of American soldiers in the Middle East is aimed at fanning the flames of proxy wars in the region.

Recently, US President Donald Trump took a new strategy toward Iran and decertified Tehran's commitment with the 2015 landmark nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Trump's approach has been criticized by many countries, international bodies, political communities and world media.

'Iran nuclear deal is not a bilateral accord and it belongs to no country and no country is able to terminate it,' High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said minutes after Trump's speech on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Iranian President Hassan Rounani in a televised message shortly after Trump's speech said his remarks were 'nothing but a handful of baseless and empty allegations against the Iranian nation.'

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