A new surface-to-surface missile Iran claims to have successfully tested has a long enough range to hit Israeli and US bases in the Middle East.
Iran claims successful ballistic missile launch
Iran successfully tested a 2000 km-range ballistic missile, Iranian state media says, two days after the chief of Israel’s armed forces raised the prospect of “action” against Tehran over its nuclear programme.
Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programmes in the Middle East, says its weapons are capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the region.
Despite opposition from the United States and European countries, Tehran has said it would further develop its “defensive” missile programme.
“Our message to Iran’s enemies is that we will defend the country and its achievements. Our message to our friends is that we want to help regional stability,” said Iranian Defence Minister Mohammadreza Ashtiani.