Iran test-fired two additional long-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday, with each said to carry the Hebrew words for “Israel must be wiped out” on the rocket bodies.
Iran tested the ballistic missiles as part of a military maneuver for the second day in a row, hours after the United States said it would investigate whether such tests violate United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The two test-fired missiles successfully struck targets 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away, the state-run Tasnim news agency reported, citing its reporter on the ground. Iran also tested ballistic missiles fired from silo-based launchers in various locations nationwide on Tuesday, according to Press TV.
“After the nuclear deal, enemies are targeting the security of Iran,” Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, was quoted as saying Wednesday in a Fars news agency report.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that if the Iranian test is found to violate United Nations Security Council resolutions, then the U.S. will raise the matter in the council. Firing of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons would be a violation.
Iran and world powers struck a nuclear deal, formally enacted in January, that curbs the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program to try to ensure its activities are civilian. In return, economic and financial sanctions against Iran have been lifted.
Iran’s latest military maneuver, launched a week ago, is aimed at displaying Iran’s “power of deterrence” and its “complete readiness to confront all kinds of threats” against Iran and its territorial integrity,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said, according to Press TV.
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