Iran unveils latest ballistic missile which it says has a range of 2,000 km
Iran has unveiled its latest ballistic missile as tensions with the West continue over its nuclear program.
Authorities showed reporters the liquid-fueled Khorramshahr-4 at an event in Tehran, with the missile on a truck-mounted launcher.
Defense Minister General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said the missile could be ready for launch in a short period of time.
Iranian officials described the missile as having a range of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) with a 1,500 kilogram (3,300 pound) warhead.
They also released undated video footage which they said showed a successful launch of the missile.
Khorramshahr-4 is named after an Iranian city that saw heavy fighting during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.
Regional tensions likely played a role in Iran’s missile display on Thursday.
A miniature example of Jerusalem’s golden Dome of the Rock on the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy site in Islam and Judaism that Jews call the Temple Mount, stood next to the mobile launcher.
Iran regards Israel as its sworn enemy and supplies weapons to militant anti-Israel groups in the Palestinian territories and neighboring countries.
Tensions between the two nations are high, especially as Iran enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels.
The Khorramshahr could reach Israel.
It is however unclear why the missile was called Khorramshahr-4 as only two other variants of the rocket are known to the public.
It is modeled after the North Korean ballistic missile Musudan.