Iran unveils new advanced missiles and threatens war if the nuke deal falls through
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the country’s latest domestically produced surface to surface missile on Saturday, saying such weapons are necessary for “defense” – despite his nation’s active offensive actions throughout the region, most recently in proxy rocket attacks against Israel on Thursday.
The Fateh (Winner) 313 ballistic missile has a 500-kilometer (300 miles) range and features more advanced sensors and technology, according to Sepah News, the website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
It was rolled out little more than a month after Iran and world powers concluded a deal that requires Iran to curb key parts of its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.
The missile was displayed as part of Defense Industry Day, an annual event that showcases Iran’s hardware, during which a new fighter jet meant to combat Israel was deployed to the Iranian Air Force.
“A weak country incapable of confronting and defending against the military power of its neighbors and enemies cannot claim to seek peace,” the president said in a televised speech.
“Iran’s strategy is based on defense and deterrence. The first line is diplomats and the second line is generals. Diplomats should be backed by generals. If they fail, it is the generals’ turn to come forward,” he said, in a clear indication that military action will follow the failure of nuclear diplomacy.
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