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A picture taken on August 20, 2010 shows
A picture taken on August 20, 2010 shows an Iranian flag fluttering at an undisclosed location in the Islamic republic next to a surface-to-surface Qiam-1 (Rising) missile. Vahid Reza Alaei—AFP/Getty Images

Iran Launches Ballistic Missiles in Defiance of U.S. Sanctions

Mar 08, 2016

Iran launched several missiles on Tuesday during a military exercise, says a state news agency, defying U.S. sanctions imposed this year.

The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement to state media that the tests, which were launched from several silos across the country, demonstrated Iran's "deterrent power" and "ability to confront any threat against the [Islamic] Revolution, the state and the sovereignty of the country," BBC reports.

According to AFP, new sanctions were placed on Iran's missile program by the U.S. in January. The new sanctions were in response to Iran's last round of tests on Nov. 21 and were imposed hours after a resolution linked to Tehran's nuclear activities had been lifted under the historic deal between Iran and six world powers.

The missiles reportedly had a range of 190 miles up to 1,242 miles.

[BBC, AFP]

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