Iran tests two missiles: Ballistic weapons have capabilities to hit Israel
Ballistic weapons have capabilities to hit Israel
Iran has test fired two missiles that have capabilities to hit Israel.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday, disregarding US criticism of similar tests carried out the previous day.
Two Qadr missiles were launched from northern Iran and the IRGC said they hit targets 1,400 km away.
Tests on Tuesday drew a threat of new sanctions from the US.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying to the ISNA agency: “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”
The nearest point in Iran is around 1,000 km from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Iranian agencies said the missiles tested on Wednesday were stamped with the words ‘Israel should be wiped from the pages of history’ in Hebrew, though the message could not be seen on any photographs.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told Israel Radio the tests showed Iran's hostility had not changed since its execution of a nuclear deal with world powers in January, despite President Hassan Rouhani's overtures to the West.
The IRGC holds dozens of short and medium-range ballistic missiles and has the largest stock in the Middle East. It says they are solely for defensive use with conventional, non-nuclear warheads.