Iran’s missile program was labeled a “serious threat” by the United States on Thursday, as the Islamic state revealed a new model with the highest range it has ever achieved to date for one of its missiles.
According to a statement that was made by a spokesperson for the State Department named Matthew Miller, “Iran’s development and proliferation of ballistic missiles poses a serious threat to regional and international security and remains a significant non-proliferation challenge.”
According to Iran’s defense ministry, the Kheibar missile would have a range of 2,000 kilometers, which is 1,242 miles, and will be able to deliver warheads that weigh more than one tonne.
The announcement comes after talks to restore a nuclear deal, in which Iran committed to hold back its activities in exchange for sanctions relief, struck a standstill, and the disclosure comes as a result.
The agreement from 2015, which was condemned by Israel and rejected by Donald Trump while he was the president of the United States, does not specifically account for Iran’s missile development.
The administration of President Joe Biden has, for the most part, given up on the possibility of sanctions being lifted as part of a settlement, particularly in light of the fact that Iran has been engulfed by significant protests directed against the religious leadership.
According to Miller, “an Iran that possessed nuclear weapons would most likely act even more provocatively,” which is why the United States is so dedicated to stopping Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.