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Iran to enhance missile capabilities despite resolutions: Army cmdr.

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi

Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi says the country will enhance its missile capabilities despite US-led efforts to curb them.

The US government imposed fresh sanctions on Iran over its missile activities, a day after Tehran and the West agreed to implement a nuclear accord, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

Washington argued that Iran's missile activities violated a UN Security Council which bars the Islamic Republic from developing missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Tehran says no Iranian missile has such an intention and new sanctions are thus illegal, which also breach the JCPOA. 

On Thursday, Gen. Salehi said, "We are neither paying any attention to the resolutions against Iran, nor implementing them."

"We are doing our job and our missile program for the future will be stronger and more precise," he told reporters in Tehran. "This is not a breach of the JCPOA,” he added. 

The Army chief said Iran’s weapons present no threat to friendly and neighboring countries.

"They are rather a threat to the enemies of this establishment. Israel should fully realize the meaning of this concept," he added.

Salehi further dismissed the threat of Daesh terrorists to Iran, saying the Takfiri group “cannot do a damn thing.”

“Today, we see from the events in Syria that Daesh’s propaganda is more than its real capability. But its sponsors want to use this germ of atrocities as a means to harass regional nations to the last moment," he said.

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