In open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles. The “next generation of Emad with improved precision” will be unveiled in the next Iranian year which starts on March 20, Dehghan said as cited by the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Emad is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range, putting Israel and much of eastern Europe squarely in its sights. “The missile is being mass-produced but its precision-striking power will improve and its second version will be unveiled next year,” Dehghan added. He went on to claim the missile was not a violation of the nuclear deal or UN sanctions because “we will never use a nuclear warhead (on it).” READ MORE