In a remark that may stir concern in the United States, Israel and the Gulf region, a senior commander of the Islamic Republic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says his country has increased the production of ballistic missiles despite international sanctions.
“In addition to enhancing the precision [precision-striking capability] and quality of ballistic missiles, [Iranian] authorities and experts in this field have used innovative and cross-cutting methods to make missiles at a lower cost. And today we are witnessing an increase in production despite shortage of credits,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the IRGC’s Aerospace Force commander .
Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister and a former IRGC air force general, had earlier the Islamic Republic did not have “any limit for the range of liquid or solid-fueled ballistic missiles,” and that the “production of the national individual weapons and efforts to improve the quality and precision-striking power of ballistic missiles are among the defense ministry's achievements in the defense field." And in March, Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles and one of them had “” inscribed on it in Hebrew.
While the United States and other world powers lifted most nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in January, unilateral US sanctions related to Iran’s ballistic missile program and terrorism remain in place. US lawmakers and some advisors to President-elect Donald Trump have promised additional sanctions on Iran next year. Last month, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain they would reintroduce the , a legislation that would target all Iranian economic sectors that aid the country’s ballistic missile program.