TROUBLING REPORT: Iran fires missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’
Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written on them in Hebrew on Wednesday, according to media reports.
The country’s semiofficial Fars news agency said the missiles were fired at a target 870 miles away.
It came the day after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it test-fired several ballistic missiles as part of a military exercise.
The official IRNA news agency said the aim was to show the Islamic Republic’s “deterrent power” and “all-out readiness to counter any threat.”
Speaking during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden said if Iran breaks the terms of the nuclear deal it reached with world powers last year, “we will act.”
“A nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel, to the region and the United States. If in fact they break the deal, we will act,” he told reporters.
The U.S implemented sanctions against 11 people and companies involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program on Jan. 17.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday said that Washington would review the reported tests and raise them in the U.N. Security Council to seek an “appropriate response” if they are confirmed, Reuters reported.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday that the U.N. was looking into the reports. “It’s important that Iran live up to its obligations under the (nuclear) deal,” he said.
Many international economic sanctions on Iran
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