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Iran unveils new ballistic cruise missiles after US triggers snapback sanctions

Iran unveils new ballistic cruise missiles after US triggers snapback sanctions
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Iran unveiled a new cruise missile as well as a ballistic missile that it claims has a range of nearly 870 miles after the Trump administration announced its intent to reinstate sanctions on Tehran.

“The surface-to-surface missile, called martyr Qassem Soleimani, has a range of 1,400 km and the cruise missile, called martyr Abu Mahdi, has a range of over 1,000 km,” the country’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami said in a televised speech, Reuters reported Thursday.

Iranian officials said the weapons “will further strengthen Iran’s deterrence power,” as images of the armaments were shown on state TV.

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The missiles are named after Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi militia commander, who were both killed in a U.S. drone strike in January while their convoy was traveling in Iraq near Baghdad's airport.

The strike prompted retaliation from Iran, which fired ballistic missiles at an Iraqi base housing U.S. forces.

The strikes came amid steadily increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran that had been building since 2018 when President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE withdrew the United States from the Obama-era nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

Iran’s unveiling of the new missiles this week came almost immediately after the Trump administration announced that it had notified the United Nations that the U.S. is starting the process to reinstate all U.N. sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted under the 2015 deal.

The snapback sanctions will extend an arms embargo on Iran that was set to expire in October and further restrict the country from conducting ballistic missile testing, according to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE.

Trump last week claimed he could reach a deal with Iranian leaders if he wins reelection in November.

“When we win we will have a deal [with Iran] within four weeks,” Trump said at a private fundraiser in New Jersey, recorded in a video shared by a Jewish Insider reporter.

Iran has rejected talks with the United States as long as the snapback sanctions are in place.