Iran says it test-fired missile than can reach Israel

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( Iran said that it has test-fired a missile capable of reaching Israel.

"We tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) and eight meters' error margin two weeks ago. An eight-meter error margin means...full accuracy," Brig. Gen. Ali Abdollahi said, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported. This distance would be sufficient if Iran wants to attack Israel.

"The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance," said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division.

Just two months ago, Iran also test-fired two ballistic missiles at a target about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away. Those missiles were marked with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out."

Although Iran denies that such missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, which would violate the Islamic Republic’s nuclear deal with world powers, both the U.S. and the European nations who signed the nuclear deal say that the recent Iranian missile tests do violate a United Nations resolution prohibiting Iran from firing missiles with nuclear warhead capability.

Posted on May 9, 2016 .