On the sidelines of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ballistic missile tests Tuesday which continued on into Wednesday defying US sanctions, the IRGC chief threatened that Israel is "in range of most of our missiles."
IRGC chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari made the remarks on Tuesday during the final stages of Iran's large-scale missile drills, which tested rockets of ranges between 300 and 2,000 kilometers – the longer end of that spectrum would seem to breach UN Security Council resolutions banning Tehran from developing nuclear-capable missiles.
"Israel is afraid of the missile launch since it is in range of most of our missiles. Naturally, whoever has hostility towards Iran is in fear," Jafari said according to the IRGC website.
"Our enemies have learned that increasing sanctions and security pressures have no (negative) impact on boosting of our capabilities," he continued. "That's why they now seek to confine us in the missile field through economic sanctions."
"It is the enemies of the Islamic Revolution and regional security that should be afraid of the IRGC missiles," Jafari concluded.
The new missile tests, which defy US sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, continued on into Wednesday, as two more missiles were fired.
According to the state run PressTV, the Qadr-H and Qadr-F missiles were fired from the East Alborz heights in northern Iran and hit targets 1,400 kilometers away in the southeast Makran Coasts.
Qadr-H is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range while Qadr-F can reach 2,000 kilometers, according to IRGC Aerospace Division Commander Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh.
In response to the tests, US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner on Tuesday said America intends to bring the matter before the UN Security Council.
Last month the Iranian Defense Ministry announced that the Emad (“Pillar”) intermediate range ballistic missile system was entering mass production. Capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the Emad missile has a range of 1,700 kilometers, giving the Iranian regime the ability to strike Israel.