Reuters: Iran’s state-run “television showed missiles flattening a target which resembled Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor.”
While President Joe Biden’s administration holds high-level talks with Iran to restore the flawed 2015 nuclear deal, the Mullah regime has carried out a mock strike aimed at an Israeli nuclear reactor.
On Friday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired several long-range ballistic missiles, many of them capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The five-day “17th Great Prophet drill” was aimed at Israel, the chief of Iranian Armed Forces declared.
The IRGC drill ended with a simulation of a missile and drone strike at the Dimona nuclear reactor which is located in southern Israel. “State television showed missiles flattening a target which resembled Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor at the conclusion of the exercises on Friday,” The Reuters reported.
The threat was not limited to the Israeli nuclear reactor. “The IRGC threatened to attack … Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa” as part of the drill, the Jerusalem Post noted.
Newly released footage of #Iran IRGC's recent military exercises involving short & medium-range ballistic missiles & explosive suicide drone strikes on a mock-up of Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility.
This just days prior to the next round of nuclear talks.pic.twitter.com/Uv3fXlNndx
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) December 25, 2021
The Associated Press reported the IRGC’s missile drill:
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired more than a dozen surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday.
The report said the Guard fired 16 missiles during an ongoing major military exercise across the country’s south. It said the name of missiles were Emad, Ghadr, Sejjil, Zalzal, Dezful and Zolfaghar and that their range is from 350 to 2000 kilometers (220 to 1250 miles). The short-range and medium-range missiles, Iran has said, can reach U.S. bases in the region as well as archenemy Israel.
It said the missiles successfully hit one target at the same time as 10 drones simultaneously hit their targets. State TV showed missiles launching in the desert. Iran had displayed and test fired the missiles in the past. (…)
[Chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Major General Hossein] Bagheri said, “This was a tiny part of hundreds of missiles that can hit any hostile target simultaneously.” (…)
During the second day of the drill on Tuesday, Iran launched cruise missiles, too. (Emphasis mine)
The IRGC drill is the latest in the series of threats made by Tehran. Earlier this month, Iranian regime-affiliated newspaper, the Tehran Times, released a list of Israeli targets that Iran intends to strike in case of a military conflict. The target-list followed a warning by a senior Iranian military spokesman to ‘annihilate’ Israel. “We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter. We want to destroy Zionism in the world,” top Iranian military spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi declared recently.
With Tehran demonstrating its will and ability to stage a nuclear attack on Israel, the most-trusted U.S. alley in the region, the Biden White House is gearing up for the next round of nuclear talks with Tehran. “Negotiators from Iran and five world powers that are trying to revive a tattered 2015 nuclear deal will resume talks in Vienna next week,” the ABC News reported citing European Union officials.
By distracting the Biden administration with talks, Iran is biding its time to acquire a nuclear arsenal. As Biden’s team negotiates with the Mullahs, they are increasing their uranium stockpile. The United Nations’ nuclear agency, IAEA, estimates that the Iranian are “a short, technical step from weapons-grade levels of 90%.”
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