THE DAILY STAR – RACHEL O’DONOGHUE
The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned that it may increase the range of missiles to over 2,000 km – enough to strike Europe.
Brigadier General Hossein Salami said: “If we have kept the range of our missiles to 2000 kilometres, it’s not due to lack of technology – we are following a strategic doctrine.
“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.”
His comments come after France called for an “uncompromising” dialogue with the Islamic Republic about its ballistic missile programme.
But Iran has repeatedly said its missile programme is defensive and it will not negotiate on it.
The United States has accused Tehran of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July.
It has called on the United Nations to hold the country accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions.
Iran has denied supplying Houthis with missiles and weapons.