Iranian military official: We have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to hit Israel

President Hassan Rouhani said the last year’s nuclear deal “was the cheapest way to achieve Iran’s goals and interests.”

Speaking in Tehran on Saturday at an iftar meal breaking the Ramadan fast, Rouhani said the pre-Iran nuclear-deal era is past and Iran now needs to take advantage of the new atmosphere to pursue its “national interests more than before,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Iran unveils second underground site, storing Emad missile

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran unveiled a new underground missile depot on Tuesday inaugurated by the speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported. Continue reading

Iranian Navy to Employ Modern Subs in Upcoming Naval Exercises

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Iran’s newly launched Ghadir submarines move in the southern port of Bandar Abbas in Persian Gulf, Iran – © AP Photo/ Fars News Agency, Ebrahim Norouzi

 

The maneuver is set to be held on the occasion of Navy Day (November 28), a combination of naval exercises will be held, including various capabilities and tactics, Tasnim News agency reported. Continue reading

Iranian Official: The World Knows Iran Is The Victorious Party In The Syrian Drama; Iran Will Continue Defending The Assad Regime

In an October 30, 2015 interview with the Tasnim news agency, which is affiliated with the IRGC, Hossein Sheikholislam, an advisor to Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, who is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that Tehran would continue defending the Assad regime. He stressed that Iran is coming to the Vienna talks about Syria as the “victorious” party, and that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will conduct himself in a manner “befitting the blood [shed by] the Iranian martyrs in Syria.” Sheikholislam added that Iran is not negotiating with the U.S. on Syria (in line with Khamenei’s orders), and that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which are the defeated parties, are not qualified to participate in negotiations about Syria’s future because they are the chief supporters of the terrorism there.  Continue reading

Iranian Missiles Cover Entire Persian Gulf – IRGC Commander

In addition to the IRGC Navy’s speed boats, Iranian naval forces rely on long-range coast-to-sea missiles that can reach anywhere in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on speed boats held in Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported. Continue reading

Iran Joins Growing List of Countries to Ditch Dollar in Foreign Trade

MOSCOW, January 24 (Sputnik) – Iran no longer uses the US dollar in foreign trade transactions, replacing it with other currencies, the deputy governor at Iranian Central Bank told the Tasnim News Agency Saturday. Continue reading

Iran Launches ‘Large-scale’ War Drills in Persian Gulf

Iran kicked off a series of “large-scale” war games on Thursday to test the country’s air defenses, fighter jets, and bomber planes in the Persian Gulf region, according to regional reports.

The drills began Thursday in the south of Iran near the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a critical global shipping lane that Tehran has threatened to attack and choke off in the past.

The “technical core” of the war drills is to test Iran’s “air-to-air combat” prowess and its targeting of “flying objects,” according to reports in the country’s state-run media. Continue reading