(ANTIMEDIA) — On Tuesday, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran has no need to increase the range of its ballistic missiles as they could already reach U.S. forces stationed throughout the Middle East region, according to Reuters.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was responding to reports that President Trump is seeking to impose new sanctions against Iran’s missile program.
“Sanctions would only increase number of Iranian missiles, and their precision,” he warned.
“Our missiles’ range is 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), and that can be increased, but we believe this range is enough for the Islamic Republic as most of the U.S. forces and most of their interests in the region are within this range,” Jafari also reportedly said.
Missing from Reuters’ report is the fact that Iran already demonstrated its missile capability earlier this year when it launched several missiles into eastern Syria, allegedly in retaliation for an ISIS attack on Iranian soil on June 2, 2017.
According to the IRGC, as reported by CNN, the missiles were fired from bases in the Kermanshah province in western Iran. The strikes targeted ISIS forces in the Deir ez-Zor region, ISIS’ last remaining stronghold, where American-backed forces and Iranian-backed forces are currently fighting each other. There are at least 900 U.S. servicemen embedded with these forces in Syria.
In other words, Iran is not lying about its capacity to hit American servicemen and women at any given time. Arguably, Donald Trump is seeking to bring those soldiers’ lives into greater risk than they already are (via their illegal occupation of Syria) by drawing them into a wider regional confrontation with Iran.
Unsurprisingly, Jafari also lamented that these additional sanctions have nothing to do with regional security and are more aimed at trying to punish and weaken Iran as a state.
“Americans are trying to impose new sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards for its missile program, but that is an excuse to harm Iran’s economy,” Jafari concluded.