General Responds to US Remarks on Missile Capability

General Responds to US Remarks on Missile CapabilityGeneral Responds to US Remarks on Missile Capability

The deputy chairman of the general staff of the armed forces said on Wednesday the United States should be "concerned about Iranian missiles if it goes too far."

Lieutenant General Massoud Jazayeri made the remarks in response to the recent comments by US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, in which she claimed that Iran's ballistic missile capabilities were part of the ongoing talks between Tehran and the six major powers (the United State, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) over Tehran's nuclear program. In her regular press briefing on Monday, Psaki also claimed, "Iran's missile program continues to pose a dangerous threat to the region and is an issue we monitor closely."

Jazayeri said, "Iran's missile program and defense capability with any approach are not negotiable at any meeting with foreigners," Fars news agency reported.

"The defense capability will be used against bullies when the need arises," he added.  

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday, "Our country's missile program is entirely defensive in nature and the Islamic Republic of Iran does not negotiate on the country's defense issues … with any foreign side."