The Iranian officer killed in an explosion at a munitions base outside Tehran last week was killed while working on a new intercontinental missile, AFP reported on Saturday, citing a state-run Iranian newspaper.
Iran has denied reports that Israeli or US sabotage was to blame for the massive blast that killed 17 troops including the officer, Brig.- Gen. Hassan Moghadam, regarded as the architect of Iran's missile defenses.
Moghadam died while working on a "project related to intercontinental ballistic missiles," his brother, Mohammad Tehrani Moghadam, a Revolutionary Guards commander, told Saturday's Iran newspaper, according to AFP.
He added that his brother's missile project "was in its final phase" and was "completely hi-tech and secret." He stated that he believed the project would be completed despite his brother's death.