Iran displays a new ballistic missile

On Thursday, Iran unveiled a new ballistic missile that can hit targets within a range of 2,000 kilometers, or 1,240 miles, according to media reports.

The Associated Press reports that officials showed reporters in Tehran the Khorramshahr-4 missile — which can allegedly carry a 1,500-kilogram, or 3,300-pound warhead. They also released undated footage of what they said was the successful launch of the missile.

Our message to Iran’s enemies is that we will defend the country and its achievements. Our message to our friends is that we want to help with regional stability,” said Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani. Reuters.

The missile was reportedly named Khaybar, a reference to a Jewish fortress that was conquered by the Muslims in the 7th century.

Tensions with Israel appeared to be a top priority for Thursday’s missile show, which also featured a scale model of the Dome of the Rock at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Associated Press reported.

A senior Israeli general raised the possibility of “action” against Iran earlier in the week, amid reports that Tehran was building a nuclear facility deep underground in the Zagros Mountains.

“Iran has advanced more in uranium enrichment than ever before… There are negative developments on the horizon that could lead to (military) action,” Lieutenant-General Herzi Halevy said on Tuesday. Reuters.

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