By all means… give them a nuke.
(CNN)Iran has successfully test fired a new long-range surface-to-surface missile, state-run IRNA reported on Sunday.
The Emad (Pillar) missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country’s first long-range missile that can be precision guided until it reaches its target, said Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister.
“To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone,” he said, according to IRNA.
The new rocket was “capable of scrutinizing the targets and destroying them completely,” IRNA reported.
Anthony Cordesman, a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in October last year that the Emad was a variant of Iran’s existing Shahab-3 long-range missile, “but with a maneuvering reentry vehicle to improve system accuracy and complicate missile defense.”
The liquid-propelled rocket had a range of 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) and was accurate to within 500 meters (547 yards) of the target.
The rocket could carry a 750 kg (1,653 pound) payload, and was scheduled for deployment some time after 2016, he wrote.