Iran successfully test-fired long-range missiles Monday that can reach targets in Israel and U.S. bases in the region. The elite Revolutionary Guards test-fired the Shahab-3 and Sajjil rockets.
The BBC says the missiles have a range of about 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) and could reach U.S. bases in the Gulf as well as Israel.
Coincidentally, today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement holiday.
The testing occurs amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions between Western nations and Iran. The Middle Eastern country is due to hold important discussions with the five UN Security Council members plus Germany later this week on various issues, including its nuclear programme.
It was revealed last week that Iran had a second nuclear enrichment plant, despite international rules this be reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The BBC’s Tehran correspondent, John Leyne, argued that Iran’s new missiles would act as a deterrent to possible attacks against it by Israel or America.