Iran has no planning to have long-range missiles, says country’s Defense Minister

Ahmad VahidiThe country has no plans to produce long-range missiles capable of carrying warheads that could reach the United States, Iran's defense minister said on Wednesday.

Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Vahidi told reporters, referring to the number designating Russia's long-range missiles, "Iran has no need to build S-300 missiles. We have no such program."

The Islamic Republic News Agency also reported that he further noted that Iran recently has built a medium-range missile system, the Mersad, or Ambush.

It was further noted by the Tehran Times that the U. S. Defense Department said in an April 19 report that Iran might be able to build ballistic missiles capable of reaching North America by 2015.

According to reports of IRNA, Vahidi said that recent statements by U. S. officials that Iran intends to build long-range missiles are part of a "psychological warfare against Iran." (With Inputs from Agencies)

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