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Iran test-fired ballistic missile two weeks ago

May 09, 2016, 6:42 AM EDT
(Source: The Israel Project/flickr)
(Source: The Israel Project/flickr)

In the endeavor to enhance its missile capabilities, Iran successfully test-fired a mid-range ballistic projectile two weeks ago, reported the country’s semi-official Tasnim news agency. As the United States and some other Western powers accused Iran of violating a U.N. resolution, the latter defended the test saying that the missile was not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi claimed that the recent missile tested by Iran exhibited a range of 2,000 km with an error margin of eight meters, which makes it “fully accurate”, reports The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in March, the international community raised eyebrows after Iran tested two ballistic missiles, one of which carried an offensive message against Israel.

Analysts believe that Iran deliberately seeks to show he world that it is going ahead with its missile program after being forced to give up its nuclear armament in return for the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran.

Iran’s aggressive approach prompted the U.S. to slap new sanctions on it after lifting nuclear-related bans in January, writes Reuters. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had earlier said that the development of missile technology was a key element of Iran’s strategy for self-defense and to deter its enemies. 

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