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Iran's missile might not up for negotiations: Army commander

Iran Press TV

Sat Oct 28, 2017 02:48PM

A senior Iranian military commander says the Islamic Republic will never allow any inspection of its military sites, stressing that the country's missile capabilities are not up for negotiations.

"Our missile might is among the [country's] capabilities that are not negotiable at all," Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the second-in-command of the Iranian Army, said on Saturday.

He emphasized that the General Staff of the Armed Forces had already defined Iran's stance with respect to its defense sector.

"No permission for the inspection of military sites will be given to any individual or country," the Iranian commander pointed out.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran's defense might was not up for negotiation, stressing the country's resolve to strengthen its defense capabilities despite enemy attempts to weaken the nation.

"We have repeatedly announced, and declare once more that the country's defensive means and power are not up for negotiation and bargaining," the Leader stated.

The US House of Representatives in Congress on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program. The "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act" was passed in the lower chamber of Congress with 423 votes in favor and two against.

To become law, the bill would have to pass the US Senate and be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

The head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali on Friday stressed the importance of boosting the country's defense and military prowess, reiterating the Islamic Republic's readiness to repel any threat.

"The country's defense sector is fully ready to nip any threat in the bud," Jalali said.

Trump on October 13 refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group -- known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement. He insists that the nuclear deal should be renegotiated, or else it may face a total collapse.

The US president also said his goal was to ensure that Iran would never obtain a nuclear weapon.

Iran has vehemently rejected the possibility of renegotiation, warning that any hostile action against the JCPOA will jeopardize regional and global peace and security.

Pourdastan further pointed to the latest developments in Syria and commended the "very good" coordination between the Arab country's Armed Forces and Iranian military advisors there.

He said Takfiri terrorists were about to be completely annihilated, adding, "We will witness the eradication of terrorist groups in Syria within the next months."

In his latest anti-Iran remarks, the US president also accused Tehran of supporting the "atrocities" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said Tehran "condoned" Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Iran has been providing Syria with military advisory assistance in its fight against terrorism on the request of the Damascus government, helping turn around the battle which has been going on for more than six years now.

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