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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Iran tests missile and radar systems, vows to fire ‘roaring missiles’ if threatened

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Iran has conducted missile and radar tests, with the military vowing to fire “roaring missiles” if the country is threatened. It comes as the US hits Iran with more sanctions and the Pentagon brands Tehran the biggest state sponsor of terrorism.

The latest exercise took place in Semnan Province on Saturday, covering 35,000 square kilometers, and the Revolutionary Guards website said the drills took place to “showcase the power of Iran's revolution and to dismiss the sanctions.”

The drills are aimed at testing home-made missile systems, radars, command and control centers, and cyber-warfare systems, Iranian state news agencies reported, as cited by Reuters.

If Iran’s security is threatened, Tehran will not hesitate to retaliate, the military added in separate remarks.

“We are working day and night to protect Iran's security. If we see [the] smallest misstep from the enemies, our roaring missiles will fall on their heads,” the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace unit, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

On Friday, the US imposed fresh sanctions related to Iran’s missile program, blacklisting 13 individuals and 12 businesses.

Earlier the same day, the world witnessed a full-out Twitter war: US President Donald Trump tweeted that “Iran is playing with fire,” and that he would not be as kind as Obama.

In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that Iran is “unmoved” by the warnings, and added: “We'll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.” In another tweet, Zarif said Iran “will never use weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.”

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