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Iran test fires short-range ‘smart’ missile



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Iran’s army testfired a sophisticated short-range missile on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

According to Gen. Kioumars Heidari, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, the “smart” missile had a range of 300 kilometers, or 186 miles and was capable of working in “any weather condition.” Gen. Heidari did not say where the test took place.

Short-range missiles are controlled by Iran’s national army. Long-range missiles, capable of traveling up to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), are controlled by the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

Iran’s ballistic missile tests and satellite launches are concerning for the United States, which has argued that Iran’s ballistic missile tests are a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231.

According to the resolution, Iran is to refrain from work on ballistic missiles, designed to deliver nuclear weapons, for up to eight years.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not consider that a violation of international agreements.

Moreover, the resolution supports the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran. In response, the Islamic Republic has slowly scaled back its compliance with the 2015 deal.

The Biden administration has said it will return to full compliance with the deal, once Iran does.

Iran has repeatedly made clear that it will not renegotiate the original agreement.

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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

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