|Iran test-fires new ballistic, laser-guided missiles||
TEHRAN – One day before Iran celebrated the 35th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, it test-fired two new domestically manufactured missiles.
According to the Iranian Defense Ministry, a laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile named Bina (Insightful) and the new generation of a long-range ballistic missile were tested on Monday.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said that the laser-guided Bina missile can be fired by fighter jets and from launching pads.
He added that the missile is capable of hitting important targets such as bridges, tanks, military vehicles, and enemy command centers with high precision.
Iran already has long-range surface-to-surface Shahab missiles with a range of about 2,000 km (1,250 miles).
According to CNN, Pentagon spokesman Adm. John Kirby has commented on Iran’s missile tests, saying, “Iran’s missile program continues to pose a dangerous threat to region, and is an issue we monitor closely.”
Kirby claimed that under UN Security Council Resolution 1929, Iran is prohibited from conducting launches using ballistic missile technology.
According to Reuters, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and the lead U.S. negotiator with Iran, Wendy Sherman, told a Senate hearing last week that Iran’s ballistic missile program would be addressed as part of a comprehensive nuclear deal.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister and top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said on Sunday that Tehran had no intention of discussing its ballistic missile program with major powers.
“The subject of the talks with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) is only the nuclear issue, and we will not discuss any other issues,” he said, adding that the country’s defense issues “are not negotiable and are our red line.”
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