Iran test fires short-range ‘smart’ missile
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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