Iran will respond with its new domestically-made anti-radar ballistic missiles if Israel attacks the Islamic republic, IRNA quoted on Sunday the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Unit, Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying.
Speaking at the press conference in Tehran on Sunday, Hajizadeh said that Iran was at the final stages of producing its new anti-radar ballistic missiles that had a range of 300 kilometers, were “able to target any radar centers on land or sea with high accuracy and destroy it several times faster than the speed of sound,” IRNA reported.
Hajizadeh also said that Iran will respond if Israel “ventures an attack” on the Islamic republic, according to IRNA.
The IRGC commander announced that Iran would start the three-day military drills on July 2 in southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province that would include long-range, medium-range and short-range missiles' launches.
The drills will follow the next day after the EU-brokered embargo on Iranian oil exports comes into force on Sunday.
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi downplayed on Sunday the sanctions’ effect, saying that “these sanctions have existed for many years and nothing has happened and one should not anticipate anything new,” Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported.
Western nations suspect Iran, which is already under four sets of UN Security Council sanctions, of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program but Tehran insists it needs nuclear power solely for civilian purposes.