Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday morning that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, defying a threat of new sanctions from the United States.
The launches followed the test-firing of several missiles on Tuesday as part of a major military exercise that the IRGC says is intended to “show Iran’s deterrent power and… ability to confront any threat”.
US Vice President Joe Biden said the United States would take action against Iran if long-range ballistic missile tests Tehran said it carried out were confirmed.
“I want to reiterate, as I know people still doubt, if in fact they break the (nuclear) deal, we will act,” Biden said during a visit to Israel. “All their conventional activity outside the deal, which is still beyond the deal, we will and are attempting to act wherever we can find it.”
On Wednesday, the IRGC fired two Qadr missiles from northern Iran which hit targets in the southeast of the country 1,400 kms (870 miles) away, Iranian agencies said. The nearest point in Iran is around 1,000 km from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
“The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.
Israeli officials had no immediate response to the Iranian launches, which come as Israel hosts U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for talks on regional issues. Last week, the allies concluded a joint missile defense drill in Israel. Read More