Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Iran threatens region with missile

Iran threatens region with missile

Some source also reported that new cruise missile has a range of over 1,350 kilometers and will be used against fixed ground targets. The surface-to-surface weapon, named Hoveizeh, is from the Soumar family of cruise missiles, which Iran added to its arsenal in 2015, according to Defense Minister Amir Hatami.

"The Council is. gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile activity and calls upon Iran to refrain from these activities", the European Union said in its statement.

"Iran continues to undertake efforts to increase the range and precision of its missiles, together with increasing the number of tests and operational launches".

Britain, France and Germany last week launched a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and avoid USA sanctions, although Iran's top judge said the system's conditions were unacceptable.

Tehran's missile program has drawn much ire in the West - in the U.S. in particular - with Washington trying to link the issue with the Iranian nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"A (paramilitary) Basij base in Nik Shahr came under. fire this morning and several from the Revolutionary Guards communications personnel who were wiring the base were hit", Mohammad Hadi Marashi, provincial deputy governor for security affairs, told the state news agency IRNA.

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Since agreeing to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran has expanded its missile programme despite warnings from the United States.

In a 12-point statement issued on Monday the bloc, which remains part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, said it is "gravely concerned" over the state's missile activity.

The EU also expressed concern at the "growing tensions in the region and Iran's role in this context, including the provision of military, financial and political support to non-state actors in countries such as Syria and Lebanon". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Defying threats from Washington, the UK, France and Germany have executed their plan to set up a special-payments mechanism with Iran and skirt USA sanctions.

"Iran will never accept their unusual and humiliating conditions of joining the FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) and negotiations on its missile program". On withdrawal, the U.S. also re-imposed its so-called primary sanctions against Iran and secondary sanctions against countries that continue to do business with it. The Islamic Republic develops its missile technology according to a "defensive strategy" which changes according to need, he said.

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