Addressing a congregation of worshippers here in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami hailed the unveiling earlier this week of a domestically made ballistic missile dubbed “Dezful” with a range of 1000 kilometers and said it was in line with the country’s policy of deterrence.
Iran is determined in this area (deterrence policy) and would not heed any observations in defending itself, he stressed.
The least this unveiling conveyed was that “if the enemies were thinking of the slightest attack on this Islamic Establishment, the missiles would fall down on their heads like a thunderbolt,” he went on to say.
The Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Thursday unveiled an underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles.
“Unveiling this missile production city deep underground is an answer to the idle talk made by the Westerners, who assume they can restrict us and dissuade us from (pursuing) our long-term goals by means of threats and sanctions,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC’s chief commander, said during the unveiling ceremony.
The ceremony, which was joined by the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, also featured the inauguration of a smart surface-to-surface missile dubbed Dezful.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.