Iran test fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday with the Hebrew words “Israel must be wiped out” written on their sides in the latest of a series of provocative moves by the country’s hardliners.
UK Telegraph The two Qadr-H missiles had the words written in Hebrew as they were fired from a mountain range in northern Iran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
“The 2,000-kilometer range of our missiles is to confront the Zionist regime,” said Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. “Israel is surrounded by Islamic countries and it will not last long in a war. It will collapse even before being hit by these missiles.” More missiles were tested on Tuesday in what Iran described as a show of its “deterrent power”.
The US said the missile launches appeared to be a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which forbids Iran from testing missiles which could be used to carry nuclear warheads.
However, the US does not see the tests as a violation of the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers last summer.
The missile tests were carried out by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which reports directly to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rather than the government of President Hassan Rouhani.