The official IRNA news agency claimed on Friday that Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired more than a dozen surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.

According to the report, the Guard launched 16 missiles during a large military exercise in the country’s south. The missiles’ names are Emad, Ghadr, Sejjil, Zalzal, Dezful, and Zolfaghar, and their range is 350 to 2,000 kilometers, according to the report (220 to 1250 miles). Iran claims that its short- and medium-range missiles can reach US locations in the region as well as arch-enemy Israel.
The missiles hit one target at the same moment as ten drones hit their targets, according to the report. Missiles were seen being launched in the desert on state television.

Iran had already showcased and test-fired the missiles.

The planned practice, according to Iran’s chief of military, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, is a response to Israel’s recent “huge but useless threats” to Iran.

“This was a small part of hundreds of missiles that can attack any hostile target at the same time,” Bagheri claimed.
Israel has long viewed Iran’s nuclear program as a threat and has lobbied the US and the international community to take a tougher stance. Iran claims that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Iran also launched cruise missiles during the drill’s second day on Tuesday.
The National Guard has previously stated that it had cruise missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). There are also missiles with a range of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles).

Iran performs military drills from time to time, claiming that they are intended at boosting the readiness of its forces and testing new weaponry.

The five-day annual drill began on Monday, just days after talks to resurrect Iran’s nuclear accord with international powers broke down. Iran has accelerated its nuclear progress as talks to re-establish the nuclear deal have stalled. On Monday, the negotiations will resume.

In 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the nuclear deal and re-imposed harsh sanctions on Iran. Tehran has subsequently begun enriching uranium to 60% purity, a technical step short of the 90% required to create an atomic bomb.


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