Iran Boasts Building Syrian, Hezbollah, Palestinian Missile Arsenals (VIDEO)
Iran’s missile chief says the Islamic Republic is behind Syria’s missile buildup, as well as that of Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian terror groups, an official statement released Tuesday said.
“The missile production plants in Syria have been built by Iran and the missiles designed by Iran are being produced there,” commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh boasted in an interview on Tuesday, according to state-run Fars News Agency.
“The Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance have grown highly powerful in this field (missile production) now,” Hajizadeh said in an unusual admission of responsibility for the proliferation of missiles among Hamas in Gaza and other Palestinian factions.
In March, Israeli Naval commandos intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea weighed down with missiles that was en route to the Gaza Strip.
The KLOS-C was stopped by Shayetet 13 troops as it was heading to Sudan, 1,500 miles from Israel.
Israeli soldiers found dozens of M-302 missiles which, the IDF said, were loaded onto the boat in Iran. Had the boat reached the Port of Sudan, the munitions’ next stop would have been the Gaza Strip.
The M-302 missile is made in Syria and is based on Iranian technology, Israel’s Walla reported on Tuesday. M-302 missiles have a range of up to 200 kilometers and were used during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 to bomb several Israeli cities, including Haifa.
On Tuesday, IRCG chief, Maj.-Gen. Mohammad-Ali Ja’fari said his country’s arsenal and those of its proxies could reach all of Israel.
“The [Islamic] Revolution’s missiles, [deployed] in north and south [of the country], cover the entire occupied territories,” Ja’fari said.
In March, “the defense ministry started the mass-delivery of different ballistic missiles, including Qadr, Qiam, Fateh 110 and Khalij-e Fars missiles, as well as Mersad air defense systems to the IRGC and Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base,” according to Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Hossein Dehqan.
The Iranians claim that the liquid-fueled Qadr has a 2000km-range, and can reach Israel.
On Monday, Hajizadeh said his country’s missile program was “non-negotiable,” in connection to western efforts to curb its controversial nuclear weapon program.
“They (Westerners) would have denied Iran such capability if they could, but our missile power is non-negotiable,” he said.
On Sunday and Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif met in Muscat, Oman to discuss limiting Tehran’s missile program.
The talks came just two weeks before a Nov. 24 deadline for a comprehensive deal over Iran’s nuclear program.
On Monday, the Iranian state news agency, IRNA said that an Iranian copy of a U.S. reconnaissance drone captured in 2011 took its first flight, according to Reuters.
In December 2011, Tehran said it had captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone in eastern Iran that had been reported lost by U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
Watch a video clip of IDF soldiers inspecting the weapons found hidden on the KLOS-C:
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