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Iran to use missiles to counter any hostile actions: Senior IRGC commander

File photo shows an Iranian missile being fired during a military drill in central Iran. (Photo by ISNA)

A top Iranian commander has warned that Iran will use its missiles against enemies should they take any hostile action against Tehran.

“If the enemy sets a foot wrong, our roaring missiles will pour on them,” said Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh on the sidelines of major drills, dubbed “Defenders of the Velayat Skies,” underway in the north-central Iranian province of Semnan on Saturday.

The commander underscored Tehran’s determination to bolster its defense capabilities and noted, “Matters such as nuclear capability and know-how, missile might and similar issues are just a pretext for their animosity towards the Islamic establishment and the Iranian nation.”

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh

The remarks come amid tough talk from the new US administration which has ratcheted up hostile actions against Iran.

In vague, threatening comments, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn said on Wednesday that Washington was “officially putting Iran on notice.”

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US Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world” hours after the US President Donald Trump’s administration announced fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic following a recent missile test.

On Friday, the US administration imposed new sanctions against Iran over a recent missile test by the Islamic Republic and allegations of the country’s support for terrorism.

Washington claims that a recent missile test by Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorsed the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US.

Iranian officials have voiced support for the country’s defense program, criticizing the hostile approach of the US administration.

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On Friday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry slammed the fresh US sanctions over Iran’s defensive missile program, saying Tehran would deliver a "proportionate and reciprocal" response to the move. The foreign ministry said Iran’s missile program is the undeniable and inalienable right of the Iranian nation according to international law and the United Nations Charter.

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The Islamic Republic has always stressed that its military might poses no threat to other countries and is in line with the country’s plan to boost its deterrence power.

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