Iran has demonstrated a new long-range missile system that, if launched, would cause the enemies of the Islamic Republic to tremble, according to one of the country’s top military officials.
Major General Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite, revealed the system, which is a complex, seemingly underground series of tracks to quickly transport, refuel and fire successive missiles. He issued a warning to foreign opponents.
“Our enemies are facing a loss of power, and with each day that passes, this decline is accelerating,” Salami said, “but the enemy threats remain.
Therefore, according to Salami, the Iranian armed forces must be “very careful and vigilant and increase our talent, capacity, defense and deterrence” – areas where the latest missile system could help.
He emphasized: “When our missiles take off, they make the bodies of our enemies shake.
In recent years, Iran has demonstrated its missile capabilities against enemies such as the Islamic State Militant Group (ISIS) in Syria and the U.S. military, which Iran targeted in Iraq earlier this year in revenge for the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guard Quds Force.
Regional tensions remain high today, with President Donald Trump intending to increase his “maximum pressure” against Tehran if he wins a still undetermined election that ended on Tuesday, and a conflict between neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan threatened to stir up unrest over Iran’s northwestern border.
Soleimani’s face was prominently displayed alongside the faces of other prominent fallen Axis of Resistance fighters, including the deputy commander of the Iraqi People’s Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis – who died alongside Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport in January – on a banner next to the new missile system.
Also on display were the late deputy leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in 2008 in an explosion in Syria attributed to the U.S. and Israel, and the high-ranking Yemeni official Saleh Ali al-Sammad of the Houthi movement, Saleh Ali al-Sammad, who was killed in 2018 in an air strike by the Saudi led coalition.
Iranian officials have sworn to avenge their dead. A sign that was seen in Wednesday’s footage again confirmed that “heavy revenge awaits the criminals”.
And while another poster claimed that “no honorable or conscious Iranian would trade his strength”-a reference to the Trump administration’s demand that missiles for the U.S. be at stake so that it can return to the nuclear deal abandoned by the White House in 2015 in 2018-another poster, also similar to the top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seemed to suggest that “both diplomacy and missiles” were options for dealing with Washington.
But in order to re-enter talks with the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has first called for the country to return to its nuclear agreement, an agreement that is also supported by his signatory colleagues China, France, Germany, Russia and Britain, and for the lifting of the unilateral U.S. sanctions that are crushing the Iranian economy.
Trump’s opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, served under former President Barack Obama, who helped bring about the agreement with Rouhani. The Democratic candidate has promised to return there and at the same time to question Iran’s regional moves, which are considered destabilizing.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a leading member of the Trump administration’s anti-Iran efforts, issued a statement on Wednesday reaffirming the current approach by commemorating the 41st anniversary of the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution that overthrew a U.S.-backed monarch there.
“Even today, the Iranian regime continues to use the inhumane tactic of hostage-taking to further its destructive agenda in the region and around the world,” said Pompeo, calling for the release of current U.S. citizens believed to be detained in the Islamic Republic.
“But these innocent people are not the only victims of the Iranian regime’s brutality,” he said. “The longest suffering victims of the regime are the Iranian people, and they deserve better.
In recent months, U.S. diplomatic and military representatives under Trump’s leadership have been denouncing Iran to Washi