Israel says Iranian missile threatens the world

Iran’s provocative actions have threatened the free world, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Saturday after Tehran claimed to have tested a ballistic missile with multiple warheads capable of hitting Israel.

“This Iranian missile launch is an act of provocation and defiance against the United States and its allies, as well as an attempt to test them,” Liberman said, adding that it “is also further proof of Iranian aspirations to become a world power that threatens not only the Middle East, but all the countries of the free world.”

He warned against the day when such a ballistic missile carries a nuclear warhead.

“Imagine what would happen if Iran would obtain nuclear weapons, something which it strives to do. We must not allow this to happen,” said Liberman.

The new ballistic missile has a range of 2,000 km. The distance by air between Israel and Iran is 1,800 km.

Iran said on Saturday it would keep developing its arsenal, despite US pressure to stop.

The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a UN resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such plans.

Iran said in its announcement on Saturday that the Khorramshahr missile could carry several warheads.

State broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the missile test without giving its time and location. It included video from an on-board camera it said showed the detachment of the cone that carries multiple warheads.

“You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km. – the latest missile of our country,” state television said, adding that this was Iran’s third missile with such a range.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned the United Nations that “Iran is developing ballistic missiles to threaten the entire world,” when he addressed the opening session of the General Assembly in New York.

“We must also stop Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and roll back its growing aggression in the region,” Netanyahu said.

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