'Iran increases testing of ballistic missiles that can reach Europe'

Iran reportedly doubled the number of its tests in 2018.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
December 9, 2018 14:09
1 minute read.
AN IRANIAN ballistic missile on display in Tehran.

AN IRANIAN ballistic missile on display in Tehran. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Tehran has “significantly expanded” its missile testing, including a missile that can reach European countries, the German daily Die Welt reported on Sunday.

The increase in tests marks a doubling of the country’s test missile launches.

The regime tested four medium-range and one short-range missile in 2017, less than half the number of tests in 2018, according to documentation seen by the newspaper.

Iran tested medium-range missiles at least seven times in 2018, Die Welt said, testing short-range and cruise missiles an additional five times. Three variants of the Shabab-3 medium-range missile were tested, according to information provided to the paper, while two variants of the Qiam-1 were tested and the Khorramshahr missile was also tested at least once.

The test was reportedly in violation of the 2015 nuclear accord the country signed with Western powers, from which United States President Donald Trump withdrew in May 2018.

The medium-range missiles tested by the Iranian regime can reach southeastern EU states, the paper said.


The paper also said the German government, in conjunction with France and the UK, sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council in early October expressing concern about Iran’s use of rockets.

In early December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the regime of launching a ballistic missile test “capable of carrying multiple warheads.”

Die Welt’s reporting said Iran’s activity violated UN Security Council resolution 2231, which bans Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear weapons, a similar charge Pompeo levied against the country.

Michael Wilner contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

People shop at the Grand Bazaar in the center of Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2017
January 23, 2019
France expects Iran-EU trade mechanism to be established in 'coming days'

By REUTERS