A top Iranian commander has threatened to launch ballistic missiles at U.S. military installations throughout the Middle East, in a bid to publicize Tehran’s advancing missile technology.
Iranian leaders said their advanced ballistic missile technology, which some believe is tied to the country’s nuclear weapons program, is now sophisticated enough to strike American forces up to 1,300 miles away, which covers all U.S. bases in the region.
“Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range,” IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said following an announcement by the country’s supreme leader that Iranian ballistic missile technology would be capped at this distance for the short term.
“At present it [this distance] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000 km radius from our country and their attacks will be responded,” Jafari was quoted as saying in Iran’s state-controlled press outlets.
Analyst comment: Iranian leaders are obviously playing to the Iranian people, as any launch against U.S. military installations in the region would bring a massive and devastating response. So it’s likely the message was really aimed at Israel.
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