By Middle East Affairs
On Tuesday the Revolutionary Guards commander reassured the world that Iran has no plans to further extend its missiles reach as its current range of 2,000-km (1,240-mile) is enough to protect its borders.
After President Trump rejected the nuclear deal that was set to be renewed, Iran’s government has been vocal about rejecting potential talks with the U.S. saying that such talks do not fall in line with the values of Iran.
When President Trump pulled out of the deal saying it was too lofty for Iran and didn’t guarantee much to the rest of signatories, it also spoiled Iran’s chances of improving its economic growth as U.S. restrictions without the deal will impose harsh sanctions on doing business with Iran.
The U.S. was adamant that supporting the nuclear deal also meant supporting Iran’s growing influence in the region and its funding of militias in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. After President Trump withdrew from the deal and sent other Western powers into a frenzy trying to salvage the deal and keep Iran happy, the U.S. announced that it would impose even stronger sanctions on Iran than before.
As reported onTasnim news agency Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, “We have the scientific ability to increase our missile range but it is not our current policy since most of the enemies’ strategic targets are already within this 2,000-km range. This range is enough to protect the Islamic Republic.”
Jafari also accused politicians and activists keen on having talks with the U.S. as traitors and anti-revolutionaries.
On Sunday, following Trump’s deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which will ensure a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, 100 activists from the moderate and reformists ideology in Iran’s politics encouraged Iran to hold talks with the U.S.
The activists published a statement that explained that sitting down for talks between Iranian and American leadership didn’t have to have any “preconditions” but would be a start to help erase the animosities that have been going strong since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported Jafari saying, “The North Korean leader was a revolutionary but a communist, not an Islamic one. That is why he surrendered, but we will not do the same.”
A spokesman for the Iranian government Mohammad Bagher Nobakht reverberated what Jafari said, “There are no grounds or logic to talk to such a person (Trump). Public opinion would not welcome that either.”
Iran’s ballistic missiles range is decided on by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commander of the armed forces.