Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched several ballistic missiles in recent days as part of a military exercise showing off the rogue nation’s power, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
The missiles launched today appeared to have a short range of 180-250 miles, not viewed as the same threat as the November launch of medium-range ballistic missiles, first reported by Fox News late last year.
Today’s launch would not violate Iran’s nuclear deal signed with the U.S. but does breach a U.N. security council resolution, officials tell Fox News. That resolution bars Iran from working on any ballistic missiles.
Still, senior military commanders say they’re concerned about Iran’s recent actions. “Some of the behavior that we’ve seen from Iran of late is certainly not the behavior that you would expect from a nation that wants to be taken seriously as a respected member of the international community,” Gen. Lloyd Austin, outgoing commander of U.S. Central Command, told Senate lawmakers Tuesday.
IRNA said the missiles, launched from silos in several locations across the country, demonstrated Iran’s “deterrence power” and its readiness to confront threats. State TV ran what it said was video footage of the operation, showing missiles in underground silos and flashes of light from nighttime launches.
State media said the exercise was in its final phase on Tuesday.
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