Iran says it has developed long-range cruise missile, threatens U.S. – National

Iran has developed a cruise missile with a variety of 1,650 km (1,025 miles) a prime Revolutionary Guards commander stated on Friday, in a transfer prone to elevate Western considerations after Russia’s use of Iranian drones within the Ukraine conflict.

Individually, Amirali Hajizadeh, the top of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace drive, additionally spoke of Iran’s usually repeated risk to avenge the U.S. killing of a prime Iranian commander, saying “We wish to kill (former U.S. President Donald) Trump.”

“Our cruise missile with a variety of 1,650 km has been added to the missile arsenal of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Hajizadeh advised state TV.

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The tv broadcast what it stated was the primary footage exhibiting the brand new Paveh cruise missile.

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Hajizadeh stated Iran didn’t intend to kill “poor troopers” when it launched a ballistic missile assault on U.S.-led forces in Iraq days after Iranian army commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2020 in Baghdad.

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“God prepared, we wish to kill Trump. (Former Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo … and army commanders who issued the order (to kill Soleimani) must be killed,” Hajizadeh stated within the tv interview.

Iranian leaders have usually vowed to avenge Soleimani in robust phrases.

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Iran has expanded its missile program, significantly its ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the USA and expressions of concern by European nations. Tehran says this system is solely defensive and of a deterrent nature.

Iran has stated it had provided Moscow with drones earlier than the conflict in Ukraine. Russia has used the drones to focus on energy stations and civilian infrastructure.

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In November, the Pentagon stated the USA was skeptical of reviews quoting Hajizadeh as saying Iran had developed a hypersonic ballistic missile.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Modifying by Alistair Bell and Grant McCool)

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