Tehran —-Last week Iran witnessed the first spectacular missile war-game after the historic nuclear deal, better known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In spite of ill-considered western reaction to Iran’s missile drill, Iranian politicians stressed that Iran pursues peaceful agenda and its military might is solely deterrent and its part of Tehran’s inalienable rights to defend its sovereignty and national interests.
Brigadier General Hossein Salami —the IRGC’s second-in-command— stressed that as Iran tests the optimized long-range Qadr H, Shahab 1-2 and ballistic Qiam missiles from underground silos during the Eghtedar-e Velayat war game; Tehran sends a message of peace and stability to all neighbouring countries.
Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, the Director of the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency, in a joint meeting with Senate Committee on Armed Services, admitted to Iran’s growing ballistic capabilities, acknowledging the fact that in past three decades resolutions did not thwart Iran from expanding its deterrent power and there is no sign indicating Tehran is retreating from furthering its military might.
Although Tehran emphasized on the fact that its military doctrine is entirely based on deterrence, western media sallied forth, undermining Iran’s peaceful intentions. The very same news channels collaborated with the George W. Bush’s administration in 2003 crusade to destroy the fictional Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). Iran has always insisted on peaceful ways to solve international obstacles and considered diplomacy as the safest road to achieve durable peace unlike Washington’s destructive policies.