Iran recently conducted more missile tests, firing two rockets that successfully hit targets over 850 miles away.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran conducted a second successive day of missile tests on Wednesday from the eastern part of the Alborz mountain range that hugs the Caspian Sea in northern Iran, Tehran’s official news agency IRNA reported Saturday.
Before the signing of the accord with the United States and international powers, Iran was barred under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 from any work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. That resolution was revoked with the nuclear deal and replaced by Security Council Resolution 2231, which “calls upon” Iran to abstain from such activity.
Tehran says that it has a right to pursue defensive weapons systems and that, since it has given up any semblance of a nuclear program, it cannot in any event be working on a nuclear capability.
“We have huge reserves of various range ballistic missiles that are ready to target enemies and their aims, at any time, from different points of the country,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, told reporters on the sidelines of the missile-firing drills in Kavir, Qum Province, the semiofficial.
In the United States, the missile tests stoked further criticism of the Obama administration by Republicans who have asserted that the nuclear agreement amounted to a capitulation that the Iranians are now exploiting.
Western media reported that the US will raise these missiles launch issue during UN Security Council consultations next week.
Iran has claimed that its missiles are capable of reaching Palestinian territories occupied by Israel. “Any one bearing greater enmity towards Islamic Iran will naturally be more fearful of such capabilities and preparedness,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafarri, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was quoted as saying by
Iran has conducted new ballistic missile tests to demonstrate the nations all-out readiness to confront threats from outside the country. The official IRNA news agency described it as a military drill in which, “ballistic missiles were fired from silos” in different parts of the country, AFP reported Tuesday
Iran has sent a list of military hardware that includes Su-30SM fighters, Mi-8 and Mi-17 choppers, Yak-130 advanced jet trainer along with other weapons in a $8 billion arms deal from Russia. "Tehran has already sent a list of military hardware that Iranian Armed Forces would like to purchase from Moscow," Kommersant news daily reported citing unnamed sources
Iran reportedly tested a medium-range ballistic missile successfully two weeks ago that can reach as far as Israel, the local media reported Monday. "We tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) and eight metres error margin two weeks ago
The Iranian parliament approved a bill on Sunday to increase the countrys missile power with the aim of boosting the Islamic Republics deterrent and defense capability. According to FARS News Agency (FNA), the bill approved within the framework of Irans 5-year development plan, calls for enhancement of the countrys deterrence power by developing and boosting its missile production capability, strengthening the air defense power at different short-, mid- and long-range levels
Irans Defense Ministry announced this week the countrys plans to produce the powerful explosive Octogen to boost the penetration and destructive power of missile payloads. "Concurrently with its efforts to increase the precision-striking power of its weapons systems, the defense ministry has also paid attention to boosting the destructive and penetration power of different weapons' warheads and has put on its agenda the acquisition of the technical know-how to produce Octogen explosive materials and Octogen-based weapons," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan was quoted as saying by
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