Report: Iran tests missile capable of reaching Israel

A file photo of a Qadr H long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile, obtained from the Iranian Fars News Agency. Omid Vahabzadeh/ AP

 

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has allegedly tested a ballistic missile capable of traveling up to 1,250 miles, far enough to reach Israel, according to a Monday report by the Islamic republic’s quasi-official Tasnim News Agency that the minister of defense subsequently denied.

If true, the test is the latest in a series of short-, medium-, and long-range missile exercises in the past few months since reaching a nuclear deal in July 2015.

The latest missile tested within eight meters, said Gen. Ali Abdollahi, deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier, according to the news agency, adding that the supposed exercise took place two weeks ago. “Eight meters means nothing, it means it’s without error,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

CBS News reports that the state-run Iranian News Agency (IRNA) called the missiles a “deterrence power,” in hopes that their ability to reach American military bases in the region, as well as Israel, would deter an attack on Iran.

Full article: Report: Iran tests missile capable of reaching Israel (Christian Science Monitor)

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