June 19, 2019
The Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said Tuesday that Iran’s ballistic missiles were capable of hitting “carriers in the sea” with great precision after the Pentagon announced that it will deploy more troops in the Middle East to halt Iranian threats.
“These missiles can hit with great precision carriers in the sea … These missiles are domestically produced and are difficult to intercept and hit with other missiles,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech.
Iran acquired the know how 12 years ago while trying to prepare its defenses against US aircraft carriers, Mehr news agency quoted him as saying.
“This had to be done using ballistic missiles since cruise missiles were vulnerable due to their speed and their trajectory being close to the ground,” he explained.
“Ballistic missiles, however, hit their target at a speed, which is several times the speed of sound, and are difficult to be targeted with anti-missile missiles.”
He said Iran’s ballistic missile technology had changed the balance of power in the Middle East, according to Reuters.
“If this technology is reached, we can target US vessels,” Salami said, adding that his country had conducted many tests to reach current capabilities.
He said his country had a dream to develop a weapon capable of hitting a target precisely.
Few hours before Salami’s remarks, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will not wage war against any nation.
He refused to comment on the attacks that had taken place in the Gulf of Oman and decided to ignore new photos published by the United States on Friday, hours after Tehran announced new plans to halt nuclear commitments in response to US pressure.
His statements were made as Iran has denied any role in the attack. However, it has taken escalating steps by announcing that it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the 2015 nuclear deal.
This announcement could lead to a diplomatic crisis, forcing other parts of the deal, including China, Russia and European powers, to face Tehran.