Iran conducts tests of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The Revolutionary Guard in Iran conducted tests of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, the government’s semi-official news agency said.

The missiles were launched in recent days from underground silos throughout the country, the Fars News Agency reported Tuesday.

The final stages of the drills took place on Tuesday, the official Iranian IRNA news agency reported. Among the missiles tested were the Shahab 1 and Shahab 2, as well as Qadr F and Qadr H, with ranges of 185 miles to 1,250 miles, according to IRNA.

Iran says none of the missiles are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, according to The Associated Press.

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The drills “aimed to show Iran’s deterrent power and readiness to thwart any threat against the Islamic Revolution and Iran’s territorial integrity,” according to IRNA.

The United States reportedly will raise the issue of the tests with the United Nations Security Council if confirmed, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed source.

In October, Iran tested a new guided long-range ballistic missile, which may have violated the nuclear deal agreed upon in July with the world powers, as well as a Security Council resolution that bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”

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