Larijani: US remarks on Iran missile test absurd

Tehran, Oct 15, IRNA - Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani cited as meaningless recent remarks made by US officials about Iran's latest missile test stressing that the country 'must safeguard its security.'

Speaking in a local gathering, Larijani said the American officials 'can say anything they want, we do not care, because we must be powerful. If we do not have strong defense capabilities, we can not resist the enemies.' 'West continues its adventurism, therefore, we should be prepared to commensurate with the threats against our country,' Larijani said, emphasizing the vital role of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in safeguarding the Islamic Revolution. Meanwhile, the Iranian legislators in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14) lauded the Armed Forces for the successful test fire of a new long-range ballistic missile. Some 220 MPs in a statement released on Wednesday, declared their support also for Armed Forces and Defense Ministry's domestically developed torpedo system dubbed 'ValFajr'. New defense industry productions can definitely increase Iran's defensive capabilities against potential threats and can disappoint enemies, the statement added. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on October 11 that the country has successfully test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile, dubbed “Emad.” “The Emad missile, which was designed and made domestically by our scientists in Iran, is the first long-range missile of the Islamic Republic of Iran that can be controlled and directed until the last moment of hitting its targets,” Dehqan said. Iran has also declared production of the domestically developed torpedo system dubbed 'ValFajr' which has a 485-pound warhead that can be used against heavy vessels. The system can travel at high speeds and operate in deep or shallow waters. 9060**1394