Iran pointing missiles at U.S. targets in the Middle East as regime continues to defy ban on ballistic development

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 by

( A top Iranian military leader has warned that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East” are now within range of the regime’s ballistic missiles as he emphasized that Tehran would continue to violate international bans on the development and construction of those missiles, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Much of the ballistic development, like additional details regarding Iran’s quickly advancing arsenal, remains hidden, according to Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the elite Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force.

In his comments, Hajizadeh downplayed threats of U.S. military action, warning that all American military assets bases and ships are now within range of Iran’s ballistic missiles, according to the state-run Fars News Agency.

His threatening words come as Iran introduced new high-tech torpedoes and the formulation of a joint operations center with Russia, Syria and Iraq.

“Some of the threats by the U.S. are aimed at appeasing the Zionists, while others are for the purpose of domestic consumption (in the U.S.), but what is important is that they are aware of and acknowledge our capabilities and deterrence power,” Hajizadeh was quoted as saying.

“We do not feel any need to increase the range of our missiles and (our perceived enemy) targets are fully within the range of our missiles,” he added.

As an aside, the IRGC commander said that Iran would not slow its research and development, as well as construction, of advanced ballistic missiles that it likely sees as a necessary component of a future nuclear weapons delivery platform, despite the international ban.

“We do not see any restriction for our missiles and the IRGC’s preparedness and missile drills are conducted without a halt and according to our annual time-table, but only some of them are publicized through the media,” Hajizadeh said.

His comments mirror those of IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi, who last month warned that “the U.S. knows the damages of any war and firing bullets in the Persian Gulf.

“The U.S. is obedient and passive in the Persian Gulf and we impose our sovereignty right in the Persian Gulf very powerfully,” Fadavi said.

In September, the Pentagon confirmed that Iranian vessels confront U.S. Navy warships in the Gulf on “a daily basis.”

Regarding the new torpedo, Iranian officials said it was based on technology obtained from Russia, the Fars News Agency reported.

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