Iran Now Testing Ballistic Missiles Designed To Hit Israel, With ‘Israel Must Be Wiped From History’ Written On Them
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, defying U.S. criticism of similar tests carried out this week.
State television showed footage of two Qadr missiles being launched from northern Iran which the IRGC said hit targets 1,400 km (870 miles) away. Tests on Tuesday drew a threat of new sanctions from the United States.
"The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance," Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.
The nearest point in Iran is around 1,000 km (621 miles) from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Obama administration is aware of the latest tests, U.S. officials said.
"Just as with the earlier reported test launches, we will look at these and take the appropriate response, both at the U.N. and unilaterally as appropriate," said a senior administration official who did not want to be named.
Iranian agencies said the missiles tested on Wednesday were stamped with the words "Israel should be wiped from the pages of history" in Hebrew.