If Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, gave an order to destroy Israel, it could be done so in less than eight minutes. Senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite unit al-Quds Force, Ahmad Karimpour revealed the country’s armed forces successfully tested a precision-guided, medium-range ballistic missile two weeks earlier that could reach Israel as a target.
“If the Supreme Leader’s orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes,” Karimpour said Thursday. “We test-fired a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and a margin of error of eight meters,” Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi said at a Tehran science conference.
Under a nuclear deal head by the Obama administration and signed last year between world powers and Iran, ballistic missile tests are not forbidden outright in the United Nations Security Council resolution from July 2015, US officials say. “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,” until October 2023.
Iran in March tested ballistic missiles, including two with the words “Israel must be wiped off the earth” written on them. Supreme Leader Khamenei claims Israel will be destroyed by the Iranian forces sometime within the next 25 years.
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