Iranian international affairs expert Mostafa Khoshcheshm said that in order to exert pressure on the U.S., Europe, and those who help them, Iran must increase its nuclear production, regional military presence, and the range of its missiles. He made his remarks on a show that aired on Channel 1 (Iran) on October 18, 2021. Khoshcheshm said that Iran can increase its nuclear activity, and that pro-Iranian forces in the region, such as Hizbullah, Hamas, PMU, Ansar Allah (the Houthis), as well as the Afghan Fatemiyoun Brigades and the Pakistani Zainabiyoun Brigades, should prepare for offensive action. He added that Iran chose to limit the range of its missiles to 2,000 km, but that if needed, Iran can set an ultimatum, threatening to extend the range. For more about Mostafa Khoshcheshm, see MEMRI TV clips nos. 9118 and 9039.
Mostafa Khoshcheshm: "We should be more active. What does it mean? For what purpose? So that the sanctions exact a price from America.
"[As part of] our offensive package, we should use all our levers of pressure on America, Europe, and the countries that help them. This included the use of all our levers of pressure in the nuclear field... See how their arms and legs are shaking recently, and they insist that [Iran] returns [to the JCPOA negotiations]. One of the reasons is that you are enriching uranium.
"You have raised the degree of enrichment, your [enriched uranium] stockpile has grown, and you have unveiled IR9 [centrifuges]. They had thought that they stopped us, that it was over. Okay, that is one thing. The second this is the military field. This includes the missiles and the region. First of all, all the resistance forces in the region... I am not saying that they should wage war and blow up people. That is not what I am saying. They should make offensive preparations. In other words, they should become stronger and more active.
"When I am talking about the region, I do not mean only Hizbullah, Hamas, the PMU, and Ansar Allah. It includes the Fatemiyoun and Zainabiyoun [brigades]. Everyone. Everyone.
"The missiles constitute the next [field]. It was us who wanted a range of 2,000 kilometers. Nobody forced us. We can reason with the American and European side: 'We don’t want much – only our rights according to the JCPOA. If you refuse to comply, thus causing the failure of the JCPOA, the tensions will rise, and we will be entitled to extend the range.' "
"Extending the range means: Unless you do this and that, I will begin considering [a missile range] of 2,500 kilometers on this or that date. If they do not begin [to comply] a month later, we will begin the research, and a month after that, we will start to slowly build [the missiles], and so on."