Iran to Expand Ballistic Missile Program After U.S. Threatens More Sanctions


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani ordered his Defense Ministry to expand the country’s ballistic missile program after reports the United States is threatening additional economic sanctions.

Rouhani instructed Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqhan “to quickly and firmly continue with plans to produce different missiles needed by the country’s armed forces,” the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The comments come one day after the White House sent Congress a draft proposal of new financial sanctions against Iran over recent missile testing, a possible violation of a United Nations Security Council prohibition.

No sanctions are imminent. Tehran said it will not back down on munitions development.

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SOURCE: UPI, Amy R. Connolly