Amid the worsening coronavirus crisis in Iran and as people are grappling with poverty, the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) unveiled a new ballistic missile system.
The state-run Mashreq news on Wednesday reported: “At the presence of Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the IRGC’s Commander in Chief, today, the IRGC Aerospace automatic and intelligent system of long-range ballistic missile launches was unveiled.”
Unveiling new missiles, particularly amid the coronavirus outbreak and on the eve of the November 2019 uprising lights up two issues:
First, despite the regime’s efforts to blame international sanctions for not being able to control the coronavirus and the economic crisis, the production of new ballistic missiles shows the regime has the ability and resources to help people, but it refuses to do so.
In Iran nurses and health professionals, who are on the front line of the fight against Covid-19, unlike other countries, are being harshly treated.
The regime’s own Health Ministry officials have acknowledged that many nurses have not received their salaries for months.
Nurses’ salaries in Iran are less than $150 a month.
The IRGC unveiled the new missile on Wednesday, while according to Said Namaki, the regime’s Health Minister, his ministry has received only 27 percent of the $1 billion supposedly allocated for combating Covid-19.
Second, this new show of power also indicates the regime’s fear of the restive society, amid its rising international isolation.