Iran brings Europe within range with new cruise missile

Move comes at pivotal time in nuclear talks; Israel has urged world powers to include missile program in negotiations

In a development significant both for its timing and its content, Iran unveiled on Sunday a new cruise missile that it claimed would extend the Islamic Republic’s range by 25 percent, placing locales as distant as Budapest, Warsaw, and Athens within striking distance.

The Iranian revelation, complete with videos of a missile launch, come amid Tehran’s negotiations with the six world powers over its nuclear program and infrastructure.

Israel has long urged the negotiating world powers to include Iran’s growing missile-development program within the framework of the negotiations — a demand that Tehran has rejected out of hand.

“By the way,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of Congress in a controversial address last week, “if Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table,” then Iran, if it attains a nuclear arsenal in the future, will have the means to deliver it “to the far-reach corners of the earth, including to every part of the United States.”

Full article: Iran brings Europe within range with new cruise missile (The Times of Israel)

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