Iran: Our Missiles Are Ready to Launch From Gaza and Lebanon

Netanyahu says Iran carries out daily cyberattacks against Israel, all are thwarted

FILE PHOTO: A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, September 27, 2017.
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Iran has no intention to increase the range of its missiles, but will continue working on its satellite technology to improve accuracy, the secretary of Iran’s national security council said on Tuesday.

“Iran has no scientific or operational restriction for increasing the range of its military missiles, but based on its defensive doctrine, it is continuously working on increasing the precision of the missiles, and has no intention to increase their range,” Ali Shamkhani, a close aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

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"There is no greater shame for the Zionist regime than their ministers turning into informants," Shamkhani said, referring to former Israeli minister Gonen Segev, who was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for aggravated espionage on behalf of Iran.

Shamkhani also addressed the shame of "having tunnels hundred meters long dug under them and than missiles of resistance are ready to launch at their lands from Gaza and Lebanon. If they act foolishly, these missiles can retaliate with the fire of hell."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Iran carries out daily cyberattacks against Israel, which are all monitored and thwarted. "Iran threatens us in many other ways," Netanyahu said at the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv. "Over the past 24 hours they publicized threats to destroy us, said they would launch missiles at our cities. We are aware of these threats, but they don't faze us, since we know what our defensive and aggressive forces are."

Also Tuesday, Iran’s defense minister said that the nation’s missile capabilities were non-negotiable, dismissing a call by European countries and the United States that its missile technology should be curbed.

“The enemies say Iran’s missile power should be eliminated, but we have repeatedly said our missile capabilities are not negotiable,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

The comments come one day after a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander on Monday threatened Israel with destruction if it attacks Iran, state media reported. 

The comments by Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, followed an Israeli attack on Iranian targets in Syria last week - the latest in a series of assaults targeting Tehran's presence there in support of President Bashar Assad's government. 

"We announce that if Israel takes any action to wage a war against us, it will definitely lead to its own elimination and the freeing of occupied [Palestinian] territories," Salami said, quoted by state television.