Iran fires missiles again

Iran’s ballistic missiles feature provocative phrase against Israel

Iran fires missiles

On Wednesday, Iran fires two ballistic missiles with ‘Israel must be wiped out’ written over them in Hebrew language. This was reported by Iran’s state media. Apparently, the episode is a show of power and strength by Iran in the wake of Joe Biden’s visit to Israel.

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The Iran fires of missile are only a new link in a series of test fires during the recent days. The tests are meant to show the world that Iran will carry on with its ballistic program despite the Iran Nuclear deal that curbed the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions. The Iran deal was finalized last year.

The hawks within Iran’s military establishment have fired missiles and rockets repeatedly despite American opposition to the tests after the nuclear deal was reached between Iran and P5+1 country.

Israel did not react immediately to the tests where the American vice president was meeting with the Israeli prime minister. Israel has been the most vocal opponent of the deal since its inception. Biden was careful not to acknowledge the test fires by the Iranians, but he did issue a very stern warning to the latter. He said that:

A nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel, to the region and the United States. And I want to reiterate which I know people still doubt here. If in fact they break the deal, we will act.”

On Sunday, the official news agency of Iran, the Fars news agency showed photographs of the site where the Qadr H missiles were fired. The news agency stated that the firing took place in the Alborz mountain range located to the east of the country.

The missiles hit a target in the sea of Oman around 14,000 kilometers off the coast of Iran. There was no comment from the 5th fleet which is present in the same region.

The Fars news agency also confirmed the presence of Hebrew inscription on the Iranian missiles. Tehran has used similar phrases before on its missiles. The news agency also quoted the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, Amir Ali Hajizadeh as stating that the purpose of the tests was to show Israel that Iran can hit it very easily.

Fars quoted Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, as saying the test was aimed at showing Israel that Iran could hit it.

He further stated that Israel was surrounded on all sides by Islamic countries and it will be crushed even before these missiles were used. There was no immediate comment from the foreign ministry of Iran.

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Bill Schroder

Bill Schroder is a Beirut-based correspondent for The World Beast. He has reported from over a dozen countries in the Middle East for such publications. Follow: Tweets by @SchroderBill