Date
18 October 2017
A file photo shows an Iranian missile during a test launch. The Islamic nation is reported to have conducted another test recently, sparking concerns in US and Israel. Credit: Reuters
A file photo shows an Iranian missile during a test launch. The Islamic nation is reported to have conducted another test recently, sparking concerns in US and Israel. Credit: Reuters

Iran said to have test-fired medium-range ballistic missile

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently test-fired a sea-launched medium-range ballistic missile, according to Iranian news agencies.

Tasnim News Agency cited an IRGC commander, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying that the test involved a Hormuz-2 and that the missile soared for about 155 miles before successfully hitting a floating target.

The Iranian-built missile can strike floating vessels at a range of around 186 miles, the report said.

The test took place “in recent days”, said Tasnim, a semi-official news agency, without giving details. 

The missile test could further escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran, the Wall Street Journal noted, reporting on the Iranian claims.

A separate medium-range missile test on Jan. 29 prompted US President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on people and companies connected to Tehran’s ballistic missile program.

US and Israeli officials have called earlier ballistic-missile tests violations of Iran’s international agreements, including a UN Security Council Resolution which endorsed Iran’s landmark 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, the Journal noted.

Iran has said its tests are legal, claiming that the missiles are defensive and that they are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

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