One day after an aide to Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei issued a dire warning to the US and Israel, Tehran test fired a Shahab 3 missile with enhanced range, sufficient to put Israel within reach, Iran's state channel said.
After a representative of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened on Tuesday to “fire upon” Tel Aviv in the event of an attack, the Tehran-based television network Al-Alam announced that the Iranian army has begun testing the long-range missile Shahab 3, which could reach
“We are prepared to defend the integrity of the Iranian nation”
Al-Alam has begun to broadcast images of nine test missiles launching, including the infamous Shahab 3. Its purported range is 2000 km, which would allow the missile to cross the distance between
“The point of these exercises is to show that we are prepared to defend the integrity of the Iranian nation,” said Hossein Salami – commander of the aerial unit of the Guards of the Revolution – on Al-Alam.
This new show of force comes at a time of high tension between
“The two camps in one-upmanship”
The White House has recently condemned this attempt and has asked
Despite requests on the part of the international community to solve the diplomatic row, Americans and Israelis have not ruled out the use of force to stop the Iranian nuclear programme. In this context, “the two camps are engaging in one-upmanship,” says Lea Salamé, political analyst at
The G8 leaders, meeting in
Meanwhile, as the
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