Special to WorldTribune.com
Iran again defied U.S. sanctions imposed earlier this year by conducting multiple missile tests on March 8.
In what it said was a display of “deterrent power,” short-, medium- and long-range precision guided missiles were fired from several sites to show the country’s “all-out readiness to confront threats” against its territorial integrity.
Reports said the tests, photos of which were shown on national television, included missiles with ranges of 300, 500, 800 and 2,000 kilometers.
The United States imposed new sanctions on Iran’s missile program in January, 24 hours after separate sanctions related to Teheran’s nuclear activities had been lifted under the nuclear deal with world powers.
Maj. Gen. Ali Jafari, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) top commander, and Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commented on the tests on state TV, with the latter downplaying the effect of U.S. efforts to disrupt its activities.
“Our main enemies, the Americans, who mutter about plans, have activated new missile sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and are seeking to weaken the country’s missile capability,” Hajizadeh said.
“The Guards and other armed forces are defenders of the revolution and the country will not pay a toll to anyone… and will stand against their excessive demands.”