Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bright Light in Sky Seen in Iran Was Russian Missile: Commander

Bright Light in Sky Seen in Iran Was Russian Missile: Commander

Among the tip-offs that the test was fake was the lack of telltale electronic signals, which would have been picked up by USA assets in the region had a ballistic missile launch actually taken place.

Iranian state television released a video Friday of a supposed launch of a medium-range missile shortly after it was shown off at a Tehran military parade.

The supposed missile launch video came not long after President Trump criticized the Iranian regime at the United Nations. He also linked the action to recent aggressive moves by North Korea.

Yet not long after news of the launch was reported around the world, US President Donald Trump tweeted that "Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile [sic] capable of reaching Israel".

Citing US officials, Fox reported that the missile that was supposedly launched has a range of 2,500 kilometers, putting Israel within striking distance.

Trump reacted to the fake "launch" on Twitter Saturday, accusing Iran of working with North Korea and criticizing former President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Dunford declined to say publicly what advice he has given Trump on whether to recertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal.

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"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building unsafe missiles, and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", he continued. When operational, such missiles can carry multiple warheads and have a range of 2,000 km.

Israel also responded to Iran's claim of a missile test as if it was genuine. "Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it - believe me".

Trump told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that Iran was building its missile capability and accused it of exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

"France asks that Iran cease all destabilizing activity in the region", Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said in a statement.

"On the path to improve our country's defensive capacity we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and we won't ask anyone's permission", Brigadier General Amir Hatami said in remarks carried by state television.

The announcement of the of the plans for Iran's navy came at a time of ratcheting tensions with the United States over the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.

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