Iran dismisses Western concerns over new Khorramshahr-4 missile
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson stressed that the West are opposed to a "strong Iran."
The Iranian Foreign Ministry responded to the United States and France for their concerns about Iran's latest precision-guided ballistic missile.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani lashed out on Friday on Twitter at the US and France for their concern about Iran's Khorramshahr-4 missile, which was unveiled on Thursday.
“The very same Western governments, specifically the US and France, that had a major role in provoking and arming Saddam’s Ba’ath regime in its military aggression against and the bombing of Iran’s cities and defenseless people and are among the top exporters of arms to the region are now expressing concern about Iran’s progress and defense might,” the spokesman said.
Kanaani noted that the Western governments are opposed to a “strong Iran”.
همان دولتهای غربی خاصه آمریکا و فرانسه که نقش مهمی در تحریک و تسلیح رژیم بعث صدام به تجاوز نظامی و موشک باران شهرها و مردم بیدفاع ایران داشتند و در صدر صادرکنندگان تسلیحات به منطقه قرار دارند، امروز از پیشرفت و #اقتدار_دفاعی_ایران ابراز نگرانی میکنند.— Nasser Kanaani (@IRIMFA_SPOX) May 26, 2023
آنها با #ایران_قوی مخالفند. pic.twitter.com/iuIvFjCQoc
The Khorramshahr-4 medium-range precision-guided missile was unveiled on Thursday in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani at a ceremony commemorating the 41st anniversary of the liberation of the southwestern city of Khorramshahr. It is a liquid-fueled missile with a 2,000-kilometer range and a 1,500-kilogram warhead with excellent strategic and tactical capabilities.
Later that day, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller stated that Iran's development and proliferation of ballistic missiles is a major danger to regional and international security. France also alleged that the measure violated the UN resolution that approved the nuclear accord in 2015.
Iranian officials have long said that the country's military capabilities are solely for defense and that its missile program will never be discussed. The presentation of Iran's Khorramshahr-4 missile represents a significant improvement in Iran's ballistic missile capabilities, demonstrating the country's resolve to improve its defense and deterrent capacity.