Meet Iran’s new surface-to-surface missile, an open challenge to the nuclear deal

Published August 23rd, 2015 - 09:01 GMT
Iran's missile program is one of the largest in the Middle East and a major sticking point for world powers in the Iran nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
Iran's missile program is one of the largest in the Middle East and a major sticking point for world powers in the Iran nuclear deal. (AFP/File)

State news revealed Iran's newly produced short-range, surface-to-surface missile, described to have a 500-kilometer (310-mile) range with "pinpoint accuracy." The Fateh-313 introduction came with the announcement the missile would be mass produced "soon." 

Iran's missile program is one of the largest in the Middle East and a major sticking point to the agreement, according to Reuters. Under the Iran nuclear deal, any ballistic missile technology is subject to UN Security Council approval, something US President Barack Obama promised to veto.

An arms embargo on Iranian missiles remains for another eight years, The New York Times reported; for conventional weapons another five. Iran, however, said it refused to follow any part of the deal that would restrict its military capabilities. 

"We will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need and we will not ask for permission or abide by any resolution for that," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during the unveiling Saturday, on Iran's Defense Industry Day. 

Despite a blatant disregard for the nuclear deal signed just over a month ago — a deal Obama hailed as a triumph of "diplomacy" — Iran continued with the rhetoric that its military power is necessary for Middle Eastern peace. 

Here's a video of the Fateh-313:

And here's another Iranian surface-to-surface missile if you're interested in seeing some detailed lift-offs:

By Hayat Norimine


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