Iran unveils new ballistic missile

Israel National News reports: “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometers, AFP reported, citing the Revolutionary Guards’ official news agency Sepah.

The move was the latest show of military might by the country as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

The surface-to-surface missile – called Dezful – is an upgrade on the older Zolfaghar model that had a range of 700 kilometers, said aerospace commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh.

The unveiling ceremony was carried out by Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari and Hajizadeh at an ‘underground ballistic missile production facility’, according to AFP.

The facility’s location was not specified and pictures published by Sepah showed only the two commanders in a room examining the missile.

‘Displaying this missile production facility deep underground is an answer to Westerners … who think they can stop us from reaching our goals through sanctions and threats,’ Jafari was quoted as saying…”

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