A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, says Iran's ballistic missile program will not stop under any circumstances, despite the threat of new sanctions from the U.S. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander tells state TV Iran's ballistic missile program won't stop under any circumstances. His comments come after a series of ballistic missile tests by guard units that drew international concern and calls in the U.S. for new sanctions against Iran. "It is a matter of principle. They (the U.S. government) are opposed to our defensive capabilities. This is because they don't want us to feel secure. They want Iran to become like Iraq, like Syria and like Yemen. They have a problem with the foundations of our national security. To be able to respond in kind, we need to have offensive weapons and our missiles are one such type of weapon. We cannot ensure the security of our country without having offensive capabilities, it's just not possible. We need the full range of capabilities and the offensive weapons are part of this set up." The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) maintains an arsenal of dozens of short and medium-range ballistic missiles - the largest in the Middle East, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Tehran says its missile program is solely for defensive use with conventional, non-nuclear warheads.