A top Iranian military commander has conditioned talks over Tehran’s missile program on the destruction of the West’s nuclear and long-range arms.
Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, a senior spokesperson for the Iranian Armed Forces, says the dismantling of the US and the West’s atomic arms and long-range missiles is the prerequisite for negotiations on Iran’s missiles.
According to a Farsi report by Fars News, he said the Americans are saying, out of desperation, that a cap should be put on Iran’s missile capability, but such a word “is their unattainable goal and emanates from their failures and defeats in the region.”
He said Iran has not allowed its defence power to be subject to political talks.
“If our defence capabilities were to be affected by some negotiations as well as political and diplomatic relations, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are today when the US is in a position of weakness to such an extent,” said the commander.
He said Washington’s failures and defeats in the region will subside only when the US leaves West Asia.
The top general also touched upon the Israeli regime and its occupation of Palestinian territories, saying, “From the Islamic Republic of Iran’s standpoint, Israel, as the usurper of the Palestinian territory and holy Quds, is [an] illegitimate and illegal [entity] which is going through a period of annihilation and destruction, and this unchangeable principle holds in all areas, including the sports arena.”