“To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone.” The new rocket is “capable of scrutinizing the targets and destroying them completely.” But no need to be concerned: CNN tells us that “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has insisted Iran is not building a bomb and says weapons of mass destruction are forbidden under Islam. The Supreme Leader’s anti-nuke fatwa actually doesn’t exist, but hey, let’s not nitpick!
As for the clock reference in the headline, if you don’t get it, see here.
“Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report,” by Tim Hume, CNN, October 11, 2015:
(CNN)Iran has successfully test-fired a new precision-guided, long-range missile, state-run media reported on Sunday.
The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface 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 Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister.
“To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone,” he said, according to state-run news agency IRNA.
The new rocket is “capable of scrutinizing the targets and destroying them completely,” IRNA reported.
The Emad would be Tehran’s first precision-guided missile with the range to reach its enemy, Israel.
Israel is bitterly opposed to Iran’s nuclear program, and observers have speculated that it could be prepared to launch pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear sites in an effort to derail their progress.
Dehqan said following the launch that the Emad would greatly increase Iran’s strategic deterrence capability, state media reported….
When Tehran announced in February last year that it had successfully test-fired a laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile and a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, the Pentagon spokesman at the time, Adm. John Kirby, described the missile program as “a dangerous threat to the region.”
He noted that U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929 prohibits Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.
Since 2003, concern over Iran’s nuclear program has grown as Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency spar over Iran’s growing capability.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has insisted Iran is not building a bomb and says weapons of mass destruction are forbidden under Islam….