Tehran has ballistic missiles able to pound targets over twice as distant as previously thought, and can reach the American mid-ocean strategic base at Diego Garcia, a senior Iranian official has explicitly warned.
“In the event of a mistake on the part of the United States, their bases in Bahrain and (Diego) Garcia will not be safe from Iranian missiles,” said an Iranian Revolutionary Guard adviser to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Majatba Dhualnuri.
Iranian political and military leaders have, until now, only publicly admitted to possessing ballistic weapons with about a 2,000 km range. Diego Garcia, situated on a lone lagoon in the Indian Ocean, houses major Air Force, naval and submarine, space and communications, and logistics facilities.
The revelation suggests the validity of statements by Israeli leaders in recent years cautioning that the goal of Iran’s missile program and “ballistic umbrella” was to threaten a far wider circle of countries than Israel alone.
The Sejil-2, an Iranian-made surface-to-surface missile, can reach about 2,200 km (1,375 mi) loaded with a 750-kg warhead, according to U.S. Defense Department and arms-control sources.
The Iranian boast comes as Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, on Monday warned of Tehran’s nuclear weaponization ambitions, and increasing regional military and strategic clout.
While “the conventional threat to Israel has slightly diminished,” Gantz said, “Iran has not given up on its nuclear vision and will cling to it by every means. It is most important to prevent [Iran’s acquisition] of this capability and this can be done, whether by force or without it.”
Full article: Iran: 5,000km-Range Missile Can Hit US Indian Ocean Base (The Algemeiner)