Iran just threatened to test their intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program by firing onto regional United States military bases.
The United States has constructed and maintained several bases in the region and all are within the estimated 1,300 mile range of Iran’s ICBMs.
Per Free Beacon:
Iranian leaders disclosed that their advanced ballistic missile technology, which could be used as part of a nuclear weapons program, is sophisticated enough to strike U.S. forces up to nearly 1,300 miles, or 2,000 kilometers, away, which encompasses all U.S. bases in the region.
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, announced on Tuesday that Iranian missiles can already “cover all U.S. bases in the region” and that Tehran has the capability to increase its missile power even further.
“Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range,” IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said following an announcement by the country’s supreme leader that Iranian ballistic missile technology would be capped at this distance for the short term.
A senior military official for the United States responded to the threat, “We have consistently maintained that we will work with our allies to change Iran’s malign and destabilizing activities.”
Iran’s destabilization of the region has become a top priority to the U.S. and regional allies since the near-collapse of the terror group ISIS.
Trump administrative officials have warned that if it withdraws troops from Iraq and Syria, Iran could consume the power vacuum.
Currently, the Department of Defense is looking to “pressure” Iran into more cooperative diplomacy, or to deescalate their influence in the region:
The U.S. defense apparatus also is working to counter Iran’s support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, as well as the Islamic Republic’s “unrelenting hostility to Israel,” according to Rankine-Galloway.
U.S. defense officials remain concerned about Iran’s harassment of U.S. naval vessels in the region, “especially in the strategically vital Arabian Gulf,” according to the military official.
“In support of this strategy, DoD is reviewing the entire breadth of our security cooperation activities, force posture, and plans,” Rankine-Galloway said. “We are identifying new areas where we will work with allies to put pressure on the Iranian regime, neutralize its destabilizing influences, and constrain its aggressive power projection, particularly its support for terrorist groups and militants.”
The U.S. has maintained Iran is outside of international agreements to discontinue their missile development program and ceasing their production is of immediate concern:
“As we have said before, the Iranian regime’s program to develop ballistic missiles continues to be in defiance of UNSCR 2231 and has a destabilizing impact in the region,” the official said. “We call on the Iranian regime not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities.”
The Iran Nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, has not proved to be an effective means of stopping or even slowing Iran’s advances:
Congressional critics of the Iran deal continue to maintain the Obama administration misled lawmakers about the nature of restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, guaranteeing during negotiations over the landmark agreement that such activity would be fully halted.
“While we were told by Obama administration officials that the nuclear deal would lead to improved Iranian behavior, Iran’s behavior since reaping the massive amount of front-loaded financial benefits has only seemed to get worse,” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chair of its National Security Subcommittee, told the Free Beacon.
“Recent threats about missile attacks demonstrate the need for Congress to proceed with additional secondary sanctions,” DeSantis said. “The present course is untenable and Iran’s threatening behavior is likely to increase in frequency.”
Iranian leaders continue to maintain the United States is in violation of the nuclear accord and have emphasized repeatedly that the deal is not open to renegotiation on any front.
“Iran doesn’t want, under any conditions, to negotiate with anyone on any paragraphs of the nuclear deal,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.