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Iran test-fires two ballistic missiles "successfully": TV

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-03-09 17:09
TEHRAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday "successfully" test-fired two ballistic missiles in ongoing military drills across the country, Press TV reported.

The missiles Qadr-H and Qadr-F were fired from East Alborz heights in northern Iran and could hit the targets in Makran Coasts southeast of the country, the report said.

Qadr-H missile has a range of 1,700 kilometers while Qadr-F missile can destroy targets some 2,000 kilometers away, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying.

On Tuesday, Iran fired several ballistic missiles in the military drills in different parts of the country.

Senior IRGC officials said that the missile drills were aimed at enhancing the deterrent power of the Islamic republic in the face of threats against the revolution and the territorial integrity of Iran.

Also, the chief commander of IRGC, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that Iran's ongoing missile drills were "firm responses to the nonsense babbled by the enemies about (possible) missile-related sanctions" against Iran.

"Firing of the missiles is an embodiment of the ready-to-operate status of Iran's missile depots in every part of the country, Jafari was quoted as saying by IRGC's website.

The United States said Tuesday that Iran's recent ballistic missile tests did not violate an international nuclear agreement, adding that it would address the issue appropriately with "unilateral and multilateral tools."

"This is not a violation of the nuclear agreement," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a daily press briefing, referring to "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" -- the nuclear deal implementation mechanism.

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