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Iran develops cruise missile ‘with 1,650-km range’

Iran has developed a cruise
missile with a range of 1,650 km, a top
Revolutionary Guards commander said, in a move likely
to annoy Western countries after Russia’s use of Iranian drones
in the Ukraine war.

Separately, Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary
Guards aerospace force, also spoke of Iran’s often repeated
threat to avenge the US killing of a top Iranian commander,
saying “We are looking to kill (ex-US president Donald)

“Our cruise missile with a range of 1,650 km has been
added to the missile arsenal of the Islamic Republic of Iran,”
Hajizadeh, told state TV on Friday.

The television broadcast what it said was the first footage
showing the new Paveh cruise missile.

Hajizadeh said Iran did not intend to kill “poor soldiers”
when it launched a ballistic missile attack on US-led forces
in Iraq days after Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani
was killed in a US drone strike in 2020 in Baghdad.

“God willing, we are looking to kill Trump. (Former
Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo … and military commanders who
issued the order (to kill Soleimani) should be killed,”
Hajizadeh said in the television interview.

Iranian leaders have often vowed to avenge Soleimani in
strong terms.

READ MORE: Iran has developed hypersonic ballistic missile: IRGC commander

Missile programme

Iran has expanded its missile programme, particularly its
ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the United
States and European countries. 

says the programme is purely defensive and of a deterrent

Iran has said it had supplied Moscow with drones before the
war in Ukraine. Russia has used the drones to target Ukrainian military and civilian infrastructure.

In November, the Pentagon said the United States was
skeptical of reports quoting Hajizadeh as saying Iran had
developed a hypersonic ballistic missile.

READ MORE: What is Iran’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict?

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