Iran tests multi-warhead ballistic missile

Defying U.N. security council resolutions and U.S. warnings, Iran test-fired a new ICBM the Iranians say is capable of carrying multiple warheads.  The new missile represents a leap forward in Iranian missile technology that puts the state of Israel right in the crosshairs.


Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) which it displayed at a military parade on Friday, state media reported on Saturday.

The test-firing of the Khorramshahr missile, which Iran said could carry several warheads, is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

State broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the missile test without giving its time and location, including video from an on-board camera which it said showed the detachment of the cone that carries multiple warheads.

"You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country," state television said.

"This is the third Iranian missile with a range of 2,000 km," it added.

The Khorramshahr missile was first displayed at a military parade on Friday, where President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities without seeking any country's permission.

At the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran was building its missile capability and accused it of exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

He also criticized the 2015 pact that the United States and other world powers struck with Iran under which Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.

The test shows that Iran has a multiple-warhead missile well within range of Jerusalem.  Even armed with conventional weapons, the warheads could do enormous damage.

You can be sure Israel is watching the situation closely and calculating the chances of success for a military strike.  Even if those chances are slim, if Iran pushes Israel to the wall, the Israelis will almost certainly respond. 

Two rogue regimes causing enormous problems for the civilized world on nearly opposite sides of the planet.  Is there sufficient will for the world to confront these threats rather than appease the aggressors?

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