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IRGC receives latest domestically-built ballistic missile

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has taken delivery of the country’s latest domestically-built ballistic missile, a senior Iranian commander says.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the IRGC, said on Monday that precision-guided long-range Emad missiles may be fired during the IRGC’s upcoming military drill, without referring to its date.

On October 11, Iran successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface missile, which has been completely designed and manufactured by experts at Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization affiliated with the Iranian Ministry of Defense.

The launch sparked uproar among US politicians, who accused Iran of violating United Nations (UN) resolutions.

The photo shows the launch of the Emad ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in Iran, October 11, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

On July 20, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, which bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”

Iranian officials say none of the country’s missiles, including ballistic ones, have been “designed to carry nuclear warheads,” and thus their production and test are not in contravention of Resolution 2231.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.

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