In a new set of wargames code-named Velayat-94, Iran test-fired an upgraded surface-to surface cruise missile (see video below). Iranian officials bragged the 95-mile-range missile with its high precision and speed “strikes fears into the heart” of “every hostile enemy.”
“Despite the enemy’s electronic hostile actions against the Iranian navy’s missile systems, no disturbance was caused in the launching of the planned missiles and all missiles completed the test-fire successfully,” said Iranian Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi.
The missile test followed a marked increase in Iran’s missile development despite American pressure on the regime to cutail development of ballistic missiles (used to deliver a nuclear warhead).
"We doubled our activities and the American demands from Iran had an opposite result," said Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh.
“Today, the enemies are bringing up the issue of missile-related sanctions and expecting us to back down. But, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp’s reaction to this American demand will be aggressive,” he added.
Accusing the U.S. of aggression towards Iran, Hajizadeh continued, “Has the enemy abandoned its intentions for hostile moves? Does the (Islamic) Revolution have no problem anymore? That’s not the case. Our enemies, especially America, are still saying, ‘all options are on the table.’ They are after certain goals in a number of fields, including the military and war, targeting the country’s security, culture and economy because they have a problem with the essence of the establishment and their problem is not nuclear."
Just hours after a dramatic prisoner exchange and the lifting of sanctions against Iran, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program.
Earlier this month, an unarmed Iranian surveillance drone flew near U.S. and French aircraft carriers in the Gulf, managing to take “precise” photos while the ship was involved in an ongoing naval drill. An Iranian submarine was also detected in close proximity to the aircraft carriers.
A Fars report bragged, “The Navy’s drone captured a video during the surveillance mission over the US aircraft carrier. Meantime, a Qadir-class submarine also belonging to the Iranian Navy was also deployed close to the US aircraft carrier with a mission to gather intelligence and capture video of the US vessel’s moves. The Iranian submarine managed to take clear pictures of the aircraft carrier without catching the attention of the staff on board.”
A statement by 5th Fleet Spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Stephens confirmed the incidences. “We determined that while the Iranian UAV’s actions posed no danger to the ship; it was however, abnormal and unprofessional,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran stated the agreement between Iran and world powers, designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program, has actually served to increase parts of the program. Other aspects were merely slowed down. The program was never stopped, he said
“Exploration, extraction, enrichment, research reactors, and R and D are the major components of the nuclear program; JCPOA did not completely stymied the program, and we have only been slower in terms of progress,” stated Ali Akbar Salehi. “In other activities even we have accelerated the pace, including in the volume of nuclear material which was 550 ton before, now we have 770 tons of nuclear material; this is a fact known to IAEA. With heavy water, we secured the project along with R and D, extraction and exploration.”