Iran presents new ballistic missile

Iran presents new ballistic missile

Iran on Thursday unveiled a ballistic missile that could hit targets within 2,000 kilometers, or 1,240 miles, according to media reports.

Officials showed off the Khorramshahr-4 – which can allegedly carry a 3,300 pound warhead – to reporters in Tehran, the Associated Press reported. They also released undated footage of what they said was a successful launch of the missile.

“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 contribute to regional stability,” Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said, according to Reuters.

The missile would be named Kheibar, in reference to a Jewish fortress conquered by Muslims in the 7th century.

Tensions with Israel appeared to be front and center at Thursday’s missile display, which also featured a miniature example of the Dome of the Rock over Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, AP reported.

A senior Israeli general raised the prospect of “action” against Iran earlier in the week, amid reports that Tehran is building a nuclear facility deep underground in the Zagros Mountains.

“Iran has advanced further than ever in uranium enrichment. … There are negative developments on the horizon that could lead to (military) action,” Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

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