by: Kate Norman
Monday, 4 February 2019 | While celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution on Saturday, Iran proudly unveiled and displayed a newly developed cruise missile that puts Jerusalem within Tehran’s reach.
An unsourced Fars News Agency report said Iran mounted “home-made guided warheads on its most destructive and longest range (2,000km) [1,200 mi.] Khoramshahr missiles.”
The newly unveiled cruise missile, named Hoveizeh, has a range of 1,350 kilometers (839 mi.) and is “good for targeting ground targets,” Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami said at the anniversary ceremony on Saturday, according to Fars.
“Hoveizeh ground-to-ground cruise missile has been test-fired in a 1,200 kilometer [745 mi.] range and it managed to precisely hit the specified target,” Fars quoted Hatami.
By mounting the Hoveizeh cruise missile on the ballistic Khoramshahr 2 missiles, which “can be controlled until hitting the target and are able to carry warheads weighing nearly 2 tons,” Fars reported, Tehran will be able to reach Israel and several American bases within the region.
“We have (earlier) said about the missile issue that we will not compromise at all about our country’s defense issues and will not allow others to interfere in it,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said last month, according to Fars.
Despite the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was meant to curb Iran’s developing nuclear program, Iran continues to develop and improve its missile program, claiming it is “purely defensive.”
“The Hoveizeh missile is the symbol of self-belief and an important defense achievement based on today’s technological progress in the world,” Hatami said, as quoted by Breaking Israel News. “No obstacle can hinder the Iranian nation’s determination and will in the defense field…[Iran] will decisively respond to any kind of threat at the same level.”
Though Israel successfully tested its new Arrow 3 missile defense system in January, Arrow 3, as well as Israel’s other missile defense systems, will have difficulty intercepting Iran’s Hoveizeh missile. Cruise missiles fly low to the ground, and the Arrow 3 system is designed to combat exoatmospheric missiles.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a message to Iran at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday that the Jewish state is not intimidated.
“In Iran today they are making 40 years since the Islamic revolution and are trying to boast about the new missile,” the Israeli prime minister said. “Iran openly declares its intention to destroy the State of Israel.
“I have a clear message for the tyrants of Tehran: We know what you are doing and where you are doing it. We will continue to take action against Iran with all the tools at our disposal in order to ensure the security and future of Israel,” he continued.
US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both called on world powers to help curb Iranian aggression. Anyone left with doubt about Iranian’s stance on the United States received a clear message during the anniversary celebration last weekend.
“America be damned,” said Ahmad Jannati, secretary of the guardian council. “It does whatever it can to break the power of Islam, like the many sanctions they have imposed. They are waging psychological war. They want to make people pessimistic about Islam. They haven’t achieved it so far, and they never will.”
Posted on February 4, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, February 4, 2019)
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