Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, rejected recent statements by American officials that Washington had succeeded in sabotaging Tehran’s ballistic missile program, calling them a “very big lie”.
In a speech on Tuesday evening, February 19, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh highlighted Iran’s progress in the production of advanced missiles and said: “With regard to Iran’s ballistic power, the enemies are begging negotiations with us because our ballistic power has grown stronger.
He also rejected statements by some American officials that the United States had succeeded in infiltrating and disrupting Iran’s ballistic systems. “It’s a very big lie, because if they do, they have to tell us why they want to negotiate on this issue.
The Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps added that the American allegations were nothing more than a lie and a major fiasco of American foreign policy.
The American daily The New York Times recently announced that Donald Trump had accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iranian missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials.
The sources of the New York Times report referred to a series of large-scale attempts under President George W. Bush to insert defective parts and materials into the supply chains of the Iranian aerospace industry.
US officials have asked the New York Times not to disclose all details of this report, including the identity of the suppliers of parts to the Iranian ballistic programme, because “American attempts are ongoing,” the report says.
Iranian military experts and technicians have made great progress in recent years in the manufacture of a wide range of equipment enabling the armed forces to achieve self-sufficiency in this field.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country would not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its defensive ballistic power, and that Iran’s defence capabilities would never be the subject of negotiations.
In February 2018, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, the Honourable Ayatollah Khamenei, called for efforts to maintain and strengthen Iran’s defensive capabilities and castigated the enemies for challenging the Iranian ballistic programme.
“Without hesitation, Iran must seek to acquire all that is necessary for defence, even if the whole world opposes it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.