Iran warns it would increase missile range if threatened by Europe

The new Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr (front) is displayed during the annual military parade on September 22,2017 in Tehran. (AFP)
Updated 27 November 2017

Iran warns it would increase missile range if threatened by Europe

LONDON: The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 km, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
France has called for an “uncompromising” dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile program and a possible negotiation over the issue separate from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is defensive and not negotiable.
“If we have kept the range of our missiles to 2,000 km, it’s not due to lack of technology. ... We are following a strategic doctrine,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said, according to Fars.
“So far we have felt that Europe is not a threat, so we did not increase the range of our missiles. But if Europe wants to turn into a threat, we will increase the range of our missiles,” he added.
The US accused Iran this month of supplying Yemen’s Houthi militias with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the UN to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions.
Salami claimed that the Houthis managed to increase the range and precision of their missiles in a “scientific breakthrough.”
Salami said that Iran’s support for the Houthis was “political and spiritual.”
The US has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a UN resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
The US says Iran’s missile program is a breach of international law because the missiles could carry nuclear warheads in the future.


Iraqi president discusses foreign troops cut with Trump in Davos

Updated 5 min 52 sec ago

Iraqi president discusses foreign troops cut with Trump in Davos

BAGHDAD: Iraqi President Barham Salih met Donald Trump in Davos on Wednesday and discussed reducing foreign troops in the country, the Iraqi presidency said, after Washington spurned an Iraqi request earlier this month to pull out its troops.
"During the meeting, reducing foreign troops and the importance of respecting the demands of Iraqi people to preserve the country's sovereignty were discussed," the statement said.
Iraq's parliament passed a non-binding resolution on Jan. 5 requesting the government to end the presence of foreign troops in Iraq following US air strikes that killed Iranian commanderl Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
The killing of Soleimani, to which Tehran responded with a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi military bases housing US forces, has highlighted the influence of foreign powers in Iraq, especially Iran and the United States.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked Washington to prepare for a US troop withdrawal in line with Iraq's parliament decision, but Trump's administration rebuffed the request.
Washington said later it was exploring a possible expansion of NATO’s mission in Iraq, a plan to “get burden-sharing right in the region”.