Iran has revealed about an
underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles for the Aerospace
Division of its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), a report by Press TV
"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," Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC's chief commander, said during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday. "Today, the mass production of advanced precision and smart missiles became a reality within the IRGC's aerospace force," Jafari added.
In related context, Jafari said Iran's defense might was in line with the country's deterrence doctrine and was by no means open to negotiations.
"Iran's defensive capability is deterrent [in nature] and in line with preserving its national security, and it cannot be subjected to any transaction or negotiation," he added.
Jafari also addressed European countries' demands from the country to start negotiations over its missile program before the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) comes into force.
"Today, the Europeans are talking of imposing restrictions and sanctions on our defensive capability, while egregiously, their offensive capability is being used to attack the oppressed and innocent people throughout the world," he said. "But, we proudly enhance our defensive capability and are not afraid of anything."