Iran’s top security official says the country faces no scientific restrictions for increasing the range of its missiles, but that it currently has no plans to do so and is only focused on improving the accuracy of its missile technology.
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in an address to a national summit on space technology at the Iran University of Science and Technology, in Tehran on Tuesday.
He said that Western and Israeli media have been leading a propaganda campaign against Iran by linking the country’s space program to its missile power.
“Iran has no scientific and operational restrictions for increasing the range of its military missiles, and it is only continuously working on boosting the precision [of the missiles] based on its defense doctrine, and has no intention to increase their range,” he added.
Earlier this month, Iran successfully launched a domestically-built satellite into space with an aim to collect environmental information to boost the country’s forecasting system, although technical problems prevented the spacecraft from reaching orbit.