The deputy head of the hard-line Revolutionary Guards warned if Europe threatens Tehran, they will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000km.
“If we have kept the range of our missiles to 2,000 kilometres, it’s not due to lack of technology… We are following a strategic doctrine,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, according to the Fars news agency.
“So far we have felt that Europe is not a threat, so we did not increase the range of our missiles. But if Europe wants to turn into a threat, we will increase the range of our missiles,” he added.
France has called for an “uncompromising” dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile programme and a possible negotiation over the issue separate from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Last month, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards military force, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said Iran’s 2,000-kilometre missile range could cover “most of American interest and forces” within the region, so Iran did not need to extend it.
Mr Jafari said the ballistic missile range was based on the limits set by the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the head of armed forces.
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SOURCE: The Independent, Samuel Osborne