Israel is keeping a “very sharp eye” on Iran’s modernized ballistic missile arsenal and will be “ready to respond” should the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attempt to export the new Fateh 313 to Lebanon- or Syria-based proxies, a defense official says.
“We assess that Iran has begun to stockpile them,” the official said of the 500-kilometer-range, solid-fueled missile, unveiled in Aug. 22 ceremonies for National Defense Industry Day in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “You can be sure we are monitoring any attempt to move these out of the country by air, land or sea.”
He added, in a not-so-cryptic reference to the multiple times weapon shipments have either been seized on the high seas or attacked by air, “Our
red lines are very clear to all and we are obliged to act on them.”
…the precision-delivered system would be extremely lethal in the hands of Hezbollah.
“It means that from the farthest point in Lebanon, this missile can accurately hit high-value targets throughout Israel,” he said.
And while Iranian officials have stated that the missile is ready to enter production, Inbar concurred with the defense official who assessed that the Fateh 313 was already in serial production.
Obama’s touted Iran deal has done more to propel Iran’s production of weapons, not decrease it:
A paper published by the Tel Aviv-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center quoted Rouhani as telling conference participants that Iran “flew the flag” of Islamic renaissance and resistance throughout the world and would continue to do so, despite the July 14 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
The paper quoted Ali-Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser for international affairs, from an Aug. 15 interview translated from Iran’s Fars News Agency that “the situation of the resistance front had improved” and that the nuclear agreement “would make it possible to increase Iran’s support for its regional allies.”
The Israeli intelligence center also quoted from an Aug. 9 Fars News Agency report in which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran intended to preserve its defensive capabilities and send weapons to its regional allies.
So much for peace in our time. At least the Israelis know what to look for when it comes to Iranian chicanery.