The Iranian regime has announced its new surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and cruise missiles which it says can reach targets up to 1,000km away.

This is a concern for Israel as Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism and has terrorist proxies in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria which are armed, funded and commanded by Iran and who could use these weapons to attack the Jewish state.

“The surface-to-surface missile, called martyr Qassem Soleimani, has a range of 1,400 km and the cruise missile, called martyr Abu Mahdi, has a range of over 1,000 km,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said in a televised speech cited by Reuters.

“Missiles and particularly cruise missiles are very important for us … the fact that we have increased the range from 300 to 1,000 in less than two years is a great achievement,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to the report.

“Our military might and missile programs are defensive.”

Iran continually threatens to “wipe Israel off the map”, but despite these threats and the development of these weapons, the United Nations last week decided to end the arms embargo it had against the Iranian regime. This now gives Iran the green light to further develop and purchase these weapons which go against the terms of the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA).

Shamefully, Britain did not vote in favour of extending the arms embargo. Our government abstained, choosing to stand by and let Iran continue its threatening behaviour against Israel.

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