Iran has unveiled its latest ballistic missile as tensions with the West over its nuclear program continue to rise.
Authorities showed the liquid-fueled Khorramshahr-4 missile to reporters at an event in Tehran, with the missile on a truck-mounted launch pad.
Defense Minister Major General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said the missile could be ready for launch in a short period.
Iranian officials described the missile as having a range of 2,000 km (1,240 mi) with a warhead of 1,500 kg (3,300 lb).
They also released an undated video they said showed the successful launch of the missile.
⚡️Iran has unveiled Khoramshahr-4 missile
– liquid-fuel propellant
– Range: 2000Km
– Warhead: 1500Kg
– Midcource guidance
This missile has the heaviest warhead among Iranian ballistic missiles. pic.twitter.com/hHqOv6k3bH
— Iran Observer (@Iranobserver01) May 25, 2023
The missile was named Khorramshahr-4 after an Iranian city that was the scene of heavy fighting during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.
It is likely that regional tensions played a role in Iran’s missile show on Thursday.
Iran considers Israel its sworn enemy and provides arms to armed groups hostile to Israel in the Palestinian territories and neighboring countries.
Tensions between the two countries are high, especially as Iran is enriching uranium closer than ever to weapons levels.
Khorramshahr will be able to reach Israel.
However, it is still not clear why the missile was named Khorramshahr-4, as only two variants of the missile are publicly known.
It is modeled after North Korea’s Musudan ballistic missile.