US warns of ‘serious threat’ after Iran unveils new ballistic missile

The Times of Israel reports: “The United States on Thursday called Iran’s missile program a ‘serious threat’ after the clerical state unveiled a new model with its longest range to date.

‘Iran’s development, and proliferation of, ballistic missiles poses a serious threat to regional and international security and remains a significant non-proliferation challenge,’ State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters during a briefing.

‘We continue to use a variety of non-proliferation tools, including sanctions, to counter the further advancement of Iran’s ballistic missile program and its ability to proliferate missiles and related technology to others,’ he added.

The Kheibar missile will have a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) — long enough to hit areas of Israel — and be able to carry warheads weighing over one ton, Iran’s defense ministry said.

The unveiling came as talks remain stalled on restoring a nuclear deal in which Iran promised to scale back its activities in return for sanctions relief…”

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