Iran snubs US, vows to expand ballistic missile program

Snubbing US President Donald Trump, the Iran military has pledged to step up its ballistic missile program, a move that is going to escalate tensions between Tehran and Washington.

“Iran’s ballistic missile program will expand and it will continue with more speed in reaction to Trump’s hostile approach towards this revolutionary organization [the Guards],” the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Thursday, according to the semiofficial Tasnim news agency.

“Imposing cruel sanctions against the Guards and hostile approach of the rogue and brute [U.S.] president shows the failure of America and the Zionist regime’s [Israel’s] wicked policies in the region,” the statement added.

The announcement from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) comes after President Donald Trump blacklisted the group as a terrorist organization and refused to certify the 2015 nuclear deal.

President Trump said, “Since the signing of the nuclear agreement, the regime’s dangerous aggression has only escalated. At the same time, it has received massive sanctions relief while continuing to develop its missiles program.”

Iran defended IRGC , saying the “role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the frontlines of combating terrorism in the region is irrefutable. The Corps, a branch of Iran’s armed forces, has an impeccable track record of containing Takfirist terrorism, restoring gradual tranquility for the people of the region as well as safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria.”

Iran’s foreign ministry said that the United States is more isolated globally than ever before and the veracity of Iran’s policies and positions have become evident to the international community. The world has witnessed that over the past several weeks, most countries have been unified in supporting the JCPOA and the Islamic republic and rejecting U.S. policies. The international community views Iran as a responsible actor endeavoring to promote peace and will not give any credence to rogue actors further isolating themselves every day by withdrawing from one or another international agreement and organization.

Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran released a statement in response to US President Donald Trump’s today’s speech on Iran and Washington’s new policy toward Tehran “From the very first days of the Islamic revolution, the United States adopted a hostile, interventionist and destabilizing approach towards Iran’s newly-established government with the aim of overthrowing it. The United States’ bleak record staging several coup attempts, harboring terrorists, openly supporting Saddam Hussein during the imposed war against Iran even his use of chemical weapons against Iranians, aiding secessionist plots, downing an Iranian civil airliner, and hundreds of other conspiracies against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its people — is undeniable.”

“Even before the Islamic Revolution, the United States sponsored a coup against the democratically-elected government of Iran in 1953, thereby showing its constant historic enmity with democracy and its support for dictators.” the MOFA added.

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By: Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

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