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US, Israel to form working group focused on Iran’s missile, drone power

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)
An unmanned aerial vehicle is launched during a large-scale drone combat exercise of the Iranian Army in the north-central province of Semnan, Iran, on January 4, 2021. (Photo by the Iranian Army)

Fearful of Iran’s growing military power, the United States and the Israeli regime have decided to set up a working group focused on the Islamic Republic’s missile and drone capabilities.

On Tuesday, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, agreed in a meeting in Washington to establish an inter-agency working group to focus attention on Tehran’s military achievements, especially in the fields of drones and precision-guided missiles, and what they called Tehran’s supply of the hardware to resistance groups in West Asia.

The decision was made after the regime grew increasingly tense over a potential revival of the 2015 multilateral deal on Iran’s nuclear program, which the US abandoned over three years ago under the influence of Israeli and Saudi lobbying.

The US and Israeli officials discussed “serious concerns” about advancements in Iran’s nuclear program and its significant clout in the region, where the Islamic Republic has repeatedly foiled the Western plots, including by effectively helping Iraq and Syria defeat the US-sponsored Daesh terror group.

The talks were held on the same day that the new round of talks was held between representatives of Iran and other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in indigenously developing and manufacturing a broad range of equipment, making the Armed Forces self-sufficient in this regard.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.

On Sunday, the Iranian Army Ground Force unveiled seven domestically-developed high-tech military achievements, including air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and electronic warfare devices.

Tel Aviv has also been wary of the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance groups’ growing military capabilities, as the regime’s much-publicized missile interception systems have on numerous occasions proved inefficient.

Earlier this year, an Israeli military commander said the Hezbollah resistance movement can fire 2,000 missiles per day towards Israel in case a military confrontation breaks out with Lebanon.

In an unprecedented incident last week, the regime reported a missile blast near its highly-secretive Dimona nuclear facility. Tel Aviv claimed the missile had landed in the Israeli-occupied territories as a result of “errant” Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

Analysts, however, cast doubt on the regime’s account of the incident and said the missile had likely been fired towards the occupied territories by resistance groups in the region

Tel Aviv admitted that its so-called Iron Dome missile shield had failed to intercept and down the missile, which made air raid sirens go off and triggered panic among Israeli settlers.


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