Iran fakes deadly strikes on “Israeli nuclear facility”; Fire 16 ballistic missiles – Watch

Iran has sent a very strong signal of offense to Israel and its allies as tensions rise between the two. As calls in Tel Aviv for a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities grow louder, Tehran has vowed to respond with the same eagerness.

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Iran has conducted a war exercise in the Persian Gulf, in what could be seen as a show of power and readiness, should its nuclear facilities come under attack.

At the end of a five-day military training exercise, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired 16 surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, which military officials said were a warning to the nemesis. Israel, reported Al Jazeera.

The missiles fired during the exercise in the south of the country on December 24 were named Emad, Ghadr, Sejjil, Zalzal, Dezful and Zolfaghar, according to the official IRNA news agency. Their ranges varied from 350 kilometers to 2,000 kilometers (220 to 1,250 miles).

At the end of the exercises, state television showed missiles destroying a target that looked like Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor.

“The Revolutionary Guards managed to simulate the attack on this crucial center of the Zionist regime in its missile exercise through a replica of the Dimona atomic installation,” the news agency said. Tasnim was cited by Haaretz.

Israel’s Dimona nuclear power plant (via Twitter)

Earlier this week, the Revolutionary Guards were reported for firing cruise missiles of indeterminate range and attack drones had succeeded in reaching their targets in the south of the country. However, later state television broadcast footage of missile launches, drone flights and a ship that exploded after frogmen put mines on board.

These war exercises occupy an important place given their schedule. They come as a backdrop Israel’s warning that “he could attack Iran’s nuclear facilities tomorrow if he had to.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s defense minister threatened Iran with strikes on its nuclear facilities in no uncertain terms. Israel views Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to its own security.

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As talks to revive the nuclear deal stalled between the United States and Iran, calls for a strike have grown sharper in Israel, to the detriment of its nemesis, Iran.

Iran “strikes back”

Iranian military exercises, called Payambar-e-Azam, or “Grand Prophet”, began on December 20 in the provinces of Bushehr, Hormozgan and Khuzestan, all of which border the Persian Gulf.

“The military exercise is an important message for officials of the Zionist regime,” warned IRGC Major General Hossein Salami. “If they make the slightest mistake, their hand will be cut off. “

The exercises come even as a meeting took place between US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett amid Israel’s opposition to efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal in focus. dead.

These meetings would have resulted in the American call for a “Common strategy” between the United States and Israel to deal with Iran. Israel had previously warned that it would hit Iran if it did not revert to the deal proposed by the United States.

Recent talks, now in their seventh round, have ended in stalemate. However, discussions are expected to resume towards the end of the month.

Iran had to bear the brunt of the sanctions after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal. Worse, Trump ordered the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander in the Iranian military.

Even though Joe Biden’s administration has had talks with the Iranian side, it has mostly remained indifferent to Tehran’s request to lift sanctions altogether.

An archive photo of the Iranian missile test. (via IISS News)

“These exercises were prepared in response to threats made by the Zionist regime in recent days,” said Iranian armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri. told state media.

“Sixteen missiles were fired at the specified target, destroying it. Hundreds of Iranian missiles capable of killing a country that has never dared to strike Iran have been deployed in this exercise, ”he added.

An eye for an eye

Israel has long viewed Iran’s nuclear program as a threat and has pressured the United States and the international community to take a tougher stance. Iran, however, maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, Israeli publication says The time of Israel.

Although Israel is not a party to the Vienna talks, it has threatened to use force if diplomacy fails, and the United States has said “alternatives” are being worked out.

According to a senior US official, Israeli and US military leaders plan to discuss possible military exercises to repeat strikes on Iranian nuclear sites if nuclear talks fail.

Israel has reportedly approved a NIS 5 billion ($ 1.5 billion) budget for military preparations in the event of a strike against Iran’s nuclear program. It includes funding for a variety of aircraft, intelligence gathering drones and specialized munitions needed to attack heavily guarded underground facilities.

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However, Israel would need the approval and assistance of the United States in the event of a strike. Washington has refused to speed up the sale of KC-46 refuellers to Israel – a system it would need if it were to send its F-35 fighters in for a strike against nuclear weapons.

While the deal that was originally signed to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions is balanced, calls for aggression and threats are expected to follow an upward trajectory. A mutually agreed upon deal could bring some semblance of normalcy back to the region, however. Future talks will present a clearer picture of the direction the region is taking after years of turmoil.

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