Member of the Expedience Discernment Council Mohsen Rezaee, who used to serve as war minister during the Iraq-Iran war, in interview with Tasnim news agency’s defense service provided details on how Iran started to grow from a technically and industrially independent country to one that is capable of making advanced missiles.
"Our artillery used to have a very short range. They would bombard our major cities but we were able only to strike their towns which were situated by the border,” he said.
Rezaee added "It was then that we decided to become independent. But it was a tough job. During the Shah, nothing of the missile technology had been given to Iran.”
We decided to do two things at the same time. First to send Mr. Rafiqdoust to Gaddafi to bring in the missiles and to talk to Syria to send Hassan there to be trained while the two countries would not find out what we were doing, Rezaee said.
He added "Gaddafi agreed to send us missiles in pieces and in a number of times.”
"We made the launch pads operational and hit Baghdad. Iraq would suspect the USSR of helping us, which the country swiftly denied. And the fact is that it was right. Not a single Russian had set foot on our soil because they all used to support Saddam.”
Rezaee stated "Let me tell you one thing; we entered the war with light weapons, and came out with missiles and tanks.”
Iran has now become the regional power in missile capability, he said, adding "What brought the 5+1 to their senses was Iran's missile power. If it were not for Iran's missile technology, they would not have even considered talking to us. Our missile power brought them to the negotiations table.”