Middle East

Iran launches ballistic missiles during military exercise

Amb. John Bolton says the agreement will not stop 'the inevitable'


Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched several ballistic missiles in recent days as part of a military exercise showing off the rogue nation's power, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The missiles launched today appeared to have a short range of 180-250 miles, not viewed as the same threat as the November launch of medium-range ballistic missiles, first reported by Fox News late last year.

Today’s launch would not violate Iran's nuclear deal signed with the U.S. but does breach a U.N. security council resolution, officials tell Fox News. That resolution bars Iran from working on any ballistic missiles.

Still, senior military commanders say they're concerned about Iran’s recent actions. "Some of the behavior that we've seen from Iran of late is certainly not the behavior that you would expect from a nation that wants to be taken seriously as a respected member of the international community," Gen. Lloyd Austin, outgoing commander of U.S. Central Command, told Senate lawmakers Tuesday.

IRNA said the missiles, launched from silos in several locations across the country, demonstrated Iran's "deterrence power" and its readiness to confront threats. State TV ran what it said was video footage of the operation, showing missiles in underground silos and flashes of light from nighttime launches.

State media said the exercise was in its final phase on Tuesday.

In October, Iran successfully test-fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile. It was the first such test since Iran and world powers reached the landmark nuclear deal last summer.

Iran says none of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.

Politico reported that culturally and socially, little has changed in Iran since the nuclear deal was signed. The report said that the country’s leader, Ali Khamenei, continues to talk about the U.S. influence in the world and backs “the aggressive use of Hezbollah and other Shiite militias in the region.

Iran claims to have surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 1,250 miles, capable of striking Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.

Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.