US Intelligence: "iran Launched a Ballistic Missile Shortly Before the Re-Imposition of Sanctions"

Traveled more than 100 miles from the Strait of Hormuz to a place in the desert
Launch of Fateh 110 missile Hossein Velayati/ Wikimedia Commons

Iran conducted a test launch of a ballistic missile for the first time in more than a year, three US officials told Fox News.

The move, perceived as a challenge to US President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear agreement, was carried out a few days before Washington reimposed a first round of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The firing of a Fateh 110 short-range ballistic missile coincided with a large-scale naval exercise carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps with at least fifty bombships in the Strait of Hormuz, considered the key to access the Persian Gulf. where 20 percent of the world's oil circulates.

The Iranian ships practiced "swarming" tactics that one day, under the direct orders of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, could close the Persian Gulf to international trade.

The launching of the missile from the base of Bandar and Jask of the Revolutionary Guards in the southeast of Iran was not previously reported; however, it was detected by the United States spy satellites.

The anti-ship missile Fateh 110 traveled more than 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Strait of Hormuz to a place in the desert. One of the US officials described the launch as "coast to coast".



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