Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that he limited the range of the Iranian missile capability to 2,000 kilometers, despite IRGC requests to increase the range to 4,000-5,000 kilometers. He made his remarks during a meeting with experts in the fields of science and technology on February 28, 2019, and which was posted on Khamenei.ir, the official website of the Iranian Supreme Leader, on June 14, 2021. Khamenei said that IRGC officials are not happy with this decision and complain about it, but he has reasons for this decision. He added that long-range accurate missiles are a "very significant thing," and added that these missiles come within five to ten meters of the target.
Ali Khamenei: "There was a time that in the field of war we could only manufacture two kinds of shells. Today, our ballistic missiles hit targets 2,000 kilometers away. I set the limit at 2,000 kilometers. The [IRGC] wanted to increase the range to 4,000-5,000 kilometers, but I did not allow it."
Interviewer: "Why didn't you allow it?"
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "There is a reason for that. I prevented this. I said that currently, we must not produce missiles with a range that exceeds 2,000 kilometers. They complain about this decision. They are not happy that I do not allow this. Accurate missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers are a very significant thing. We are talking about accurate missiles. They hit 5-10 meters from the target."