NCRI - Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Public Relations Department, said all missile launches are carried out with the authorization of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

“All IRGC missile launches are authorized by the armed forces headquarters and in coordination with the Supreme National Security Council. This council is chaired by the President and its orders have the leader’s (Khamenei) backing,” he said on Saturday, February 25th in remarks to reporters.

“The Emad missile launch was authorized by the leader… no missile is launched in this country without the authority of the commander-in-chief. Even missile launches in military drills must be approved by the leader… He even specifies the exact timing of the missile launches,” said former Iranian armed forces commander Hassan Firouzabadi back in the summer of 2016. He is now a senior advisor to Khamenei.

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