The Iranian parliament (Majlis) has voted in favor of a bill to boost the missile capabilities of the country’s armed forces to strengthen the country’s defensive capacity and deterrence.
Iranian parliamentarians on Sunday approved an additional article to Iran’s next five-year development plan, which allows the country to expand its defensive abilities, including the production of missiles, reinforcing the air defense at short, medium and long ranges and developing the electronic war strength.
The article also requires the government to conduct research and planning to produce weapons needed in the fight against terrorism.
On April 4, Iranian lawmakers also reiterated their support for the country’s missile program and condemned any measures that would undermine national security.
They described as “a joke of the history” the fact that “the US on the one hand constantly threatens Iran with military aggression and on the other hand asks Iran to withdraw the policy of expanding its defense and missile [capability].”
In late March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that missile power is key to Iran’s future security.
A ballistic missile is launched during large-scale drills in northern Iran, March 9, 2016. (IRNA)
Tehran has said it is under no obligation to comply with demands to abandon its missile program and vowed to continue developing ballistic missiles in the face of threats.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other nations, especially the regional countries, that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence and poses no threat to other states.