Iran has test-fired several missiles in the past two days that are believed to have the long-range capability to hit Israel, and at least one of rockets included a message in Hebrew that read, “Israel must be wiped out,” according to state media.
After the first round of tests on Tuesday, U.S. officials suggested the action may have violated a United Nations resolution and said they would raise the issue at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
Missile tests carried out on Wednesday came as Vice President Joe Biden visited with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who strongly opposed the U.S.-led Iran nuclear deal that took effect at the end of January. That deal eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for more international oversight of the country’s nuclear program. During his visit in Israel, Biden tried to assure those skeptical of the nuclear deal that if Iran violated the terms of the agreement, there would be consequences. “I want to reiterate, as I know people still doubt, if in fact they break the deal, we will act.”
The missile tests occurred during a two-day military drill. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired the test-missiles from the Alborz mountain range in eastern Iran toward a target about 900 miles away, near the Gulf of Oman. Such missile tests are not considered a violation of the nuclear deal because the accord is focused on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, not its weapons. However, Reuters reported that French and U.S. officials said it may violate a United Nations resolution that prohibits Iran from testing ballistic missile that can carry nuclear warheads.