Hey, what ever happened to Iran? The quiet kid in the corner. Sitting nicely, perhaps, apprehensively as totalitarian regimes in the Middle East fall into civil war, one by one, like a great game of dominoes.
Oh, they didnâ€™t go anywhere. Theyâ€™re still being their mischievous selves!
On Tuesday, the second day of the Great Prophet Mohammad War Games 6, Iran simultaneously test-fired 14 2,000-range missiles at one single target. Enough firepower to spook the geese in all directions. The missiles were launched near the central city of Qom.
Head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said:
“Iranian missiles can target US bases in Afghanistan and any part of Israeli territory.”
He swankly asserted that the United States has made Iran’s objective easier:
“Their military bases in the region are in a range of 130, 250 and maximum 700 kilometers in Afghanistan which we can hit with these missiles.”
The Islamic Republic does not need to increase the range of its missiles because Israel is only 1,200 km away from Iran and the U.S. bases are even nearer, some 120 to 700 km away from Iran. Asked if Iranian missiles would pose a threat to Europe, Hajizadeh insisted that while Iran had the technological capacity to create longer-range missiles, the 2,000-km range had been precisely chosen with Israel and US bases in mind,for the reason that “we do not feel a threat from any other country.”
According to one source, Iran is working at top speed on some three new ballistic surface missiles with longer ranges than ever. The Shahab-4, for targets at a distance of 3,200-4,000 kilometers; the Sejjil (2,500 kilometers) and the Ashura-Ghadr 110A (3,000 kilometers). Shahab-4 and Ashura/Ghadr 110A are capable of hitting central and western Europe. Iran is also reportedly developing intercontinental ballistic missiles – Shahab-5 (5,000 kilometers) and Shahab-6 (10,000 kilometers), putting North America within hitting range.
In July Iran will unleash the Kavoshgar-5 rocket that will put monkeys into space. Iranian media says that five monkeys have completed their training and the most impressive monkey will be chosen to shoot off into space.
Iran is poised to have a nuclear power plant in operation by August. Built largely with Russian funding, the two countries insist the nuclear plant will be used for power generation, exclusively.
Should we believe this?
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