Iran intends to expand the capabilities of its ballistic and cruise missiles, stated on Saturday, Iran’s deputy defense minister for international affairs, Mohammad Ahadi, reports television channel Press TV.
“Expanding the capabilities of various ballistic and cruise missiles, obtaining a next-generation fighter planes, as well as ships and submarines equipped with various types of weapons, is included in the ministry’s [of defense] new plans,” the television channel quotes him.
Ahadi added that the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council could not stop the development of Iran’s defense industry.
Iran has been developing its own missile program since the 1990s. However, Tehran refuses to negotiate limits for development of the missile industry, stating that development of ballistic missile programs in neighboring rival countries is accepted as a mere defense. Washington has repeatedly criticized Tehran for developing their missile program.
On March 13th, US President Donald Trump decided to extend sanctions against Iran for one more year, in connection with the development of ballistic missiles, “support of international terrorism,” and human rights violations.