It also raises questions about Iran’s relationship with North Korea and confirms what many have feared.
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that the missile could carry multiple warheads and could go as far as 1,250 miles away. He also suggested to reporters that it has a MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) that would enable multiple targets to be hit. He also said that it is a more appropriate size than previous models and will soon be operational.
After analysing the video, experts cannot say for sure if it is actually able to carry multiple warheads. If Iran’s claims are true, the missile could reach the whole of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Israel. Parts of Central Asia, East Africa and Eastern Europe could also be within reach.
The announcement was made during Sacred Defense Week in Iran, and President Hassan Rouhani said during a speech that the country’s defensive and military power will be promoted “as we deem necessary”. He also said that Iran would not be looking for permission from anyone to defend its land.
It is likely that the display and rhetoric from Iran is in response to President Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Trump criticised Iran for its testing of ballistic missiles and slammed the nuclear deal, labelling it an “embarrassment” to the United States. He called the Iranian regime “murderous” and said that it cannot continue to destabilise the region.
Although the nuclear deal does not technically address the ballistic missile issue, several UN Security Council resolutions do prohibit Iran from developing them if they are capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Next month, Iran could decide that Iran will not be certified with compliance with the nuclear deal. If this happens, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether sanctions that were lifted as a result of the signing of the nuclear deal will be reimposed.
Some believe that if the United States pulls out of the nuclear deal, Iran will speed up its development of advanced ballistic missiles and a nuclear weapon.
However, it is very clear that Iran is already working toward this with the help of North Korea, despite claims to the contrary. The missiles flaunted by both countries have several likenesses such as engine configuration.
Also, if you look back on the timeline of test launches of ballistic missiles, it seems much more than just a coincidence that shortly after North Korea tests one, Iran follows suit with something similar not too long later. If the two countries are cooperating on their ballistic missile programs, would it be too far-fetched to suggest they are cooperating on their nuclear programs?