Hajizadeh said the Guard’s arsenal already includes missiles with a range of about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) — putting Israel, U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and parts of southeastern and eastern Europe within Iran’s reach.
The missiles, he said, were specifically designed for Israeli and U.S. targets. Iran’s known missiles of such range are the Shahab-3 and the Sajjil. Iran considers Israel and United States its top enemies.
“There is no threat from any country to us other than the U.S. and the Zionist regime,” Hajizadeh was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency. “The range of our missiles has been designed on the basis of the distance to the Zionist regime and the U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf region.”
Hajizadeh said Iran “possess the technology” but will not manufacture missiles with a range over 1,250 miles. He gave no details. “We have no intention to produce such missiles.”
In Israel, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denounced Hajizadeh’s remarks.
“This new Iranian bragging demonstrates once again the aggressive policies of the ayatollahs’ regime,” Palmor said. “Not that we had any doubts prior to this statement. But this renewed threat makes it obvious why Iran is the No. 1 threat to this whole region and beyond.”
Western intelligence reports say Iran is seeking to acquire the capability to produce inter-continental missiles with a range of up to 3,750 miles (6,000 kilometers), a claim Iran has denied.
Hajizadeh said some U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan are as close as 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Iran’s borders and can easily be hit by Iran in case of an attack.
The powerful Guard, which is in charge of Iran’s missile program, kicked off the war games on Monday by unveiling an underground smart missile silos for the first time, claiming that medium- and long-range missiles stored in them are ready to launch if Iran was attacked.
The silos are widely viewed as a strategic asset for Iran in the event of a U.S. or Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities.
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