According to the Associated Press on February 15, Iranian state media said that the Iranian army tested an advanced short-range missile on February 14.
The Associated Press quoted the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (IRNA) as saying that Iran’s army ground force commander General Kiomars Heydari said that Iran test-fired a short-range missile that day, which had a range of 300 kilometers and could work under “in any weather conditions”.
However, he did not disclose the specific test site.
According to the report, the Iranian army controls the country’s short-range missiles, while long-range missiles with a range of up to 2,000 kilometers are controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, which have a range of long-range missiles enough to cover Israeli and U.S. military bases in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Admiral Sayeri, deputy chief of staff of the Iranian army, said in the media that Iran and Russia will hold joint maritime exercises in the northern Indian Ocean “in the near future”.
Sayeri said the exercise was aimed at “strengthening regional security”. This is the second similar exercise held by Russia and Iran since 2019.
In recent months, Iran has intensified military exercises, which are reported to be an attempt to pressure U.S. President Biden to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement.
In July 2015, Iran reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany. Under the agreement, Iran promised to limit its nuclear program and the international community lifted sanctions against Iran.
In May 2018, the U.S. government unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, and then restarted and added a series of sanctions against Iran.
Since May 2019, Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of some of the terms of the agreement, but promised to take measures “reversible”.