No plans to increase missile range, Iran said while rejecting talk with Trump

Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km (1,240-mile) reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said, amid mounting US pressure over Tehran’s missile programme.

Iran’s government again ruled out negotiations with US President Donald Trump over Tehran’s military capabilities and regional influence.

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“We have the scientific ability to increase our missile range but it is not our current policy since most of the enemies’ strategic targets are already within this 2,000-km range. This range is enough to protect the Islamic Republic,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

Jafari said that previous negotiations with the United States about Iran’s nuclear programme were “an exception,” and called Iranian politicians and activists who have favored fresh talks with Trump “traitors and anti-revolutionaries”.

On Saturday, over 100 activists associated with the moderate and reformist camps in Iranian politics welcomed Trump’s deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un envisaging a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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