Iran tested a new long-range precision-guided ballistic missile, according to a report by state-run media on Oct. 11 (video below).
The precision-guided ballistic missile is the first in Iran’s history that could reach its enemy, Israel, Reuters reports.
The successful launch of the missile, named Emad, was broadcast on state television. Iran has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East, but they previously lacked effectiveness due to poor accuracy. The Emad changes that.
"The Emad missile is able to strike targets with a high level of precision and completely destroy them," Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said at a televised news conference, according to Reuters. "This greatly increases Iran's strategic deterrence capability."
It is forbidden by the United Nations for Iran to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles like that of Emad, which could carry a nuclear warhead, but Iranian officials have vowed to ignore the ban.
"We don't ask permission from anyone to strengthen our defense and missile capabilities," Dehghan said.
"Our leadership and armed forces are determined to increase our power and this is to promote peace and stability in the region," he added. "There is no intention of aggression or threats in this action."
In February 2014, the Pentagon spokesman at the time, Adm. John Kirby, described Iran’s missile program as “a dangerous threat to the region,” according to CNN.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insists Iran is not building a bomb and that weapons of mass destruction are forbidden under Islam.