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Citing Defensive Needs, Tehran Adds Solid-Fuel Missile to Arsenal

Iran’s ground forces unveiled “a new solid-fuel missile with high destructive power” on April 27. The military and government in Tehran maintain their significant array of weapons is only there to protect the country.

Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

Yet that deterrence includes threats by senior Iranians, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who said he is…

very optimistic about the future of Palestine, and believe that Israel is moving down the steep slope of decline and downfall, and with Allah’s will, its extinction will be certain.

Iran’s weapons-development program includes plans for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable for reaching five continents, including mainland America, in breach of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

While the solid-fuel addition to Iran’s immense array weapons has a more modest range of some 180 miles (300 kilometers), it is just part of Tehran’s plan to introduce a series of new surface-to-surface rockets and missiles during the current Iranian year.

“The year 1393 (March 2014-March 2015) is a year for the production of tools and equipment that enhance the Islamic Iran’s defense prowess and the Defense Ministry has seriously concentrated on the production of these equipment,” Brigadier General Dehqan told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held to commemorate the ‘International Mine Awareness Day’ in Tehran.

[Photo: Iran Military Forum / Wiki Commons]