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Iran attempted missile launch from submarine, US officials say

Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a submarine in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday but the test failed, two U.S. officials told Fox News.  This is not the first missile test that Iraq has conducted in recent months.  Iran tested 10 ballistic missiles in early February and on March 18 an article from an Iranian new organization stated that General Mohammed Bagheri claimed that “Iran is one of the few countries to have missiles with a 10-meter margin of error.”

Before these test, the Iranian missile program had been based on SCUD missiles that were “notoriously inaccurate.”

Iran Missile 2This latest missile test was conducted using an Iranian Yono-class “midget” submarine.  North Korea and Iran are the only two countries in the world that operate this type of submarine.

In February, Iran claimed to have successfully tested a submarine-launched missile.  It was not immediately clear if Tuesday’s test was the first-time Iran had attempted to launch a missile underwater from a submarine.  This incident comes on the heels of other recent provocations from Iran.

In April, the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel came within 1,000 meters of the USS Mahan.

The USS Mahan “made several attempts to contact the Iranian vessel by bridge-to-bridge radio, issuing warning messages and twice sounding the internationally recognized danger signal of five short blasts with the ship’s whistle, as well as deploying a flare to determine the Iranian vessel’s intentions.”


Iranian officials announced late last month that the country’s defense budget had increased by 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani and that its military is moving forward with a massive restructuring effort aimed at making it a “forward moving force,” according to reports in the BBC.

Any development or testing of ballistic missiles is in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which states that it cannot “undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”


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