Iran showed off new surface-to-air and cruise missiles on state TV Thursday in an apparent snub to U.S. demands that the United Nations reimpose sanctions against the regime.
The cruise missile was “the newest Iranian cruise missile that will further strengthen Iran’s deterrence power,” according to the broadcast, Reuters reported.
“The surface-to-surface missile, called martyr Qasem Soleimani, has a range of 1,400 kilomters (870 miles) and the cruise missile, called martyr Abu Mahdi, has a range of over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles),” Defense Minister Amir Hatami said in a televised speech.
The missiles apparently were named after Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Both were killed in January by a U.S. attack on their convoy at the Baghdad airport.
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