Iran has conducted successive launches of ballistic missiles that can reach Israel. Fars reported that the missiles had text written on them in Hebrew saying, “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth,” an allusion to the famous declaration by the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The missiles were launched from the eastern part of the Alborz mountain range that hugs the Caspian Sea in northern Iran, the semiofficial news agency Tasnim reported.
“We have huge reserves of various range ballistic missiles that are ready to target enemies and their aims, at any time, from different points of the country,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, told reporters on the sidelines of the missile-firing drills in Kavir, Qum Province, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported.
The head of the Revolutionary Guards’ missile program, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said the rockets had a range of about 1,200 miles and were capable of hitting the “Zionist regime,” Iran’s name for its archenemy Israel, the semiofficial news agency Mehr reported.
The chairman of the U. S. House Foreign Affairs Committee said that “Iran is making a mockery of President Obama’s vow to confront Iran’s dangerous and illicit acts.”