Iran Unveils Next Generation Missile

TEHRAN — Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States.

State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had “suc­cessfully passed its tests” and could strike targets on land and sea.

“As promised to our dear people, we will not spare any effort to increase the missile capabilities of the country and we will cer­tainly increase our missile power every day,” Defence Minister Amir Hatami said, quoted by conserva­tive news agency Tasnim.

The new missile’s range was not given, but previous versions had a range of around 200 to 300 ki­lometres, according to the US-based Center for Strategic and Interna­tional Studies.

US officials told Fox News last week that a “Fateh-110 missile” was test-fired by Iran during naval exercises in the Strait of Hormoz last week.

A US general described the exercises as designed to send a mes­sage, following threats from Iran that it could shut down the vital, oil-shipping waterway in retalia­tion for renewed sanctions

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