Iran says missiles can reach warships and other targets in Middle East

05/18/2019 - 13:51 PM

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Source: Assosiated Press

Iran – An official with Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says Iranian missiles can “easily reach warships” in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Washington.

The Guard’s deputy chief in charge of parliamentary affairs, Mohammad Saleh Jokar, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency Friday as saying that Iran’s missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers- about 1,250 miles- are capable of targeting any point within the region.

Washington has already warned shipping companies that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. has deployed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and B-52 bombers to the highly sensitive region to counter the threat.

Jokar further warns that a conflict would endanger the world’s energy supply. He says: “If a war happens, the world will suffer.”

A third of the world’s oil supply is transported through the Persian Gulf.

The statement comes as Iran’s foreign minister is pressing ahead with intense diplomatic efforts to salvage Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Mohammad Javad Zarif chastised the international community, saying that so far, it has “mainly made statements, instead of saving the deal,” according to the official IRNA news agency. He spoke in China on Friday after visiting Japan.

The Trump administration pulled America out of the deal last year and imposed escalating sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. Other signatories to the deal – the European Union, France, Britain, China and Russia – have been trying to salvage it.

Iran recently warned it would resume enriching uranium at higher levels if a new nuclear deal isn’t reached by July 7.

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