Iran to pursue illegal ballistic missile program despite sanctions


WASHINGTON - 29 Mar 2016

Tehran has vowed to pursue its development of ballistic missiles despite major international condemnation and US sanctions, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said.

“Even if they build a wall around Iran, our missile program will not stop,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace arm, told Tasnim news agency. “They are trying to frighten our officials with sanctions and invasion. This fear is our biggest threat.”

The IRGC test-fired several ballistic missiles, drawing condemnation from international leaders who say the tests violate a United Nations resolution.

The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted two Iranian companies last week, cutting them off from international finance over their connection to the missile program.

Washington had earlier imposed similar sanctions on 11 businesses and individuals over a missile test carried out by the IRGC in October 2015.