A spate of accidents in Iran’s ballistic missile launches has been blamed on the United States slipping in defective and fake parts into supply chain to sabotage Tehran’s missile program.
According to The New York Times report, the operation to sabotage Iran’s missile program created under former President Geroge W. Bush, has been ongoing for sometime although the extent to what it reached remains unknown.
The sabotage attempts were sped up during the early years of former President Barack Obama’s time in the White House. However, they were toned down in 2017, when Mike Pompeo, who would go on to become the country’s Secretary of State, took over as the director of the CIA.
In 2016, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), accused the US and other enemies of trying to harm Tehran’s development of ballistic missiles for defensive purposes.
According to the IRGC commander, Iranian intelligence agencies had recorded a rise in sabotage attempts against the missile program after Tehran agreed to the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers – the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany.