Revolutionary Guard general confirms recent ballistic missile test, confirms between 40-50 such tests carried out annually; Hajizadeh: The reaction of the Americans shows that this test was very important for them and that’s why they were shouting.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard confirmed it carried out an additional ballistic missile test in yet another violation of UN resolutions and the nuclear agreement.
Last week the United States condemned recent missiles tests by the Islamic Republic, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo giving a press briefing and confirming the tests. He stated last week “As we have been warning for some time, Iran’s missile testing and missile proliferation is growing. We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence. We condemn these activities and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”
The Brigadier General commander of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace program, Amirali Hajizadeh, confirmed the recent test and announced Iran would continue with its ballistic missile tests. He stated on Tuesday “We will continue our missile tests and this recent action was an important test… The reaction of the Americans shows that this test was very important for them and that’s why they were shouting,” in reference to Pompeo’s remarks last week.
He also reported between 40-50 missile tests a year.
Iran is forbidden from testing ballistic missiles under UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and the nuclear deal with world powers.
On May 8, the Trump Administration withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with world powers. It placed its first round of stringent sanctions on the Islamic Republic in August. The sanctions include restrictions on purchasing US dollars, trade on gold and precious metals and the sale and trade of graphite and metals. The second wave of sanctions went into effect early November and targets Iran’s exports and oil industries and financial sector.