Iran Taunts Trump With Test-Launch Of New Long-Range Cruise Missile

Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sat, 02/02/2019

Earlier this week, the DNI and his CIA director elicited a stern rebuke from President Trump after contradicting him by warning that Iran remained “technically” in compliance with the nuclear deal and that ISIS remained a threat in the Middle East, prompting Trump to warn that Iran remained a threat, and that Trump was right to scrap the Iran deal because “they are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge.”

As it turns out, President Trump had a point. And he only had to wait a few days for Iran to remind the world that it’s missile tests remain a threat not just to US national security, but the global order.

During a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Islamic Republic on Saturday, Iran carried out a test of its new Hoveizeh cruise missile, which, with a range of 800 miles, is capable of striking Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

What’s more, the missile tests violate the UN resolution that enshrined the Iran deal, which called for Iran to wait eight years before developing new cruise missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload. Iran denies that it violated the resolution because it denies that the missiles are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and that they are merely for “defensive and deterrence” purposes, according to Reuters.

The Hoveizeh is part of the Soumar family of surface-to-air cruise missiles first unveiled in 2015.

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