INU- The US accused Iran of launching a new missile over the weekend, while the Iranian Regime boasted that it had developed a “radar-evading stealth” warship.
These two events are linked to Iran’s increased malign activity, including allegedly sending arms to Hezbollah on a plane to Beirut and the Regime’s claims about a new cyber army, which shows that Iran is getting ready for an assault on sea, land, or even the internet; something that should worry the world.
On Saturday, the US State Department said that Iran has test-fired a new medium-range ballistic missile that was “capable of reaching parts of Europe and anywhere in the Mideast”, which means that the risk of escalation is growing.
According to the US’s Iran-threat czar Brian Hook, Iran “continues to prioritize missile development as a tool of the revolution”, which it will use to take more power in the Middle East if allowed to.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that Iran’s missile test was a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrines the nuclear deal that Iran is still a party to, along with Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia, and said that the US condemned the test.
While the US focused on the missile test, Iran launched a warship in Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf.
According to Iranian state TV, the Sahand destroyer is the “most advanced military vessel which has radar-evading stealth properties and can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply”. It also has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers and surface-to-surface missiles.
Of course, this destroyer does not look that different to the US Arleigh Burke-class destroyers that were launched over 10 years ago. Iran is likely trying to appear as more of a threat than it actually is as tensions rise in the region. After all, earlier this year, Iran unveiled a new homemade fighter jet that turned out to be nothing more than an obsolete copy of a US F-5F
Last week, Iran was also accused of using a “pseudo-civilian airlines used for arms smuggling by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps” to send an arms shipment to Hezbollah via Beirut airport.
But the other emerging threat from Iran came from Brigadier-General Gholamhossein Gheybparvar, the IRGC commander of the Basij force, who called on the young members of the group’s cyber army to do more to attack Iran’s enemies, including opposition activists, the West, Saudi Arabia and Israel.