Iranian Resistance warns against mullahs' missile and WMD programs
Resistance welcomes initiative by U.S. Congress on this issue

The clerical regime in Iran has stepped up its already intense efforts in recent months to acquire long-range surface-to-surface missiles. A Revolutionary Guards commander told the official Iranian news agency on September 19 that after four-and-a-half years of efforts, the mullahs' regime has succeeded in producing a new type of surface-to-surface missile codenamed Zelzal.

Zelzal joins an already awesome arsenal of surface-to-surface missiles acquired over the years by the mullahs' regime through smuggled technology or bilateral deals with certain missile-producing countries.

The Iranian Resistance had disclosed previously that the mullahs' regime began working in 1995 on a project to acquire missiles with a range of 3,000 km, capable of reaching major European capitals. The religious dictatorship in Iran has set the year 2,000 as the deadline for the test-firing of the missile, codenamed Shahab 4.

The Iranian Resistance revealed in January 1998 that the mullahs' regime had successfully testfired another type of missile, Shahab 3, with a range of 1,400 km. Shahab 3, which can be fitted with chemical or nuclear warheads, is capable of reaching all major cities in the Middle East.

In the past decade, the clerical regime has allocated more than 1,5 billion dollars to its missile projects. Under Khatami, these projects have been expanded. The technical know-how provided by countries like Russia, China, North Korea as well as European companies have played a significant role in propelling the mullahs' missile projects forward, especially in control and navigation systems.

The mullahs' medieval regime, being in the final phase of its rule, finds itself increasingly in need of exporting crisis and terrorism. In such circumstances, the adoption of a firm policy by the international community in the face of this terrorist dictatorship is a pressing necessity. The Iranian Resistance thus welcomes the recent initiative by the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at preventing the expansion and development of the clerical regime's WMD and missile arsenal.

Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Washington, DC
September 21, 1999

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