Iran To Test Missile, Radar Systems, One Day After New U.S. Sanctions
Iran is holding a military exercise to test its missile and radar
systems on February 4, a day after the United State imposed sanctions on Tehran
over its recent ballistic-missile test. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary
Guards Corps website said the maneuvers in the northeastern province of Semnan
were aimed at demonstrating their "complete preparedness to deal with the
threats" and "humiliating sanctions" from Washington.
An Iranian long-range missile is launched at an undisclosed location in Iran
(March 9, 2016 file photo by Mehr News Agency)
Iranian state media reported that missile systems, radars,
command-and-control centers, and cyberwarfare systems will be tested in the
News agencies quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander as saying Iran's
missiles will come down on the country's enemies if they do wrong.
"If we see the smallest misstep from the enemies, our roaring missiles will fall
on their heads," the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace unit, Amir Ali
Hajizadeh, was quoted as saying on February 4.
Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated sharply since
President Donald Trump took office last month.
Washington sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities on February 3 after the
White House put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic-missile test and other
On February 4, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran "the single
biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world."
Iran is one of seven predominantly Muslim countries targeted by a visa ban
Washington ordered last week.
Tehran, in response, banned a U.S. wrestling team from a major international
tournament it is hosting later this month.
The United States says Iran's January 29 missile launch defied a 2015 UN
Security Council resolution calling on Iran not to test nuclear-capable
missiles, which Tehran denies.
In a tweet on February 3, Trump warned that Iran is "playing with fire."
Trump campaigned on promises to take a much tougher stance on Iran than his
predecessor, Barack Obama, in response to actions including threats against
Israel and involvement in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
Tehran confirmed on February 1 that it had test-fired a new ballistic missile
but said the test did not breach Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers
or a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the pact.
Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal, but the
latest test was the first since Trump took office.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on January 31 and referred the
matter to its committee on Iran for an investigation.
With reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP
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