Iran announced Saturday that it had started on a new missile production line, a move that comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Iranian state media announced the move days after the United States hit the country with new sanctions over its ballistic missile program, Reuters reported.
Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan said Saturday at a ceremony that the Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 16 miles and travel up to 74 miles.
The official said at a ceremony that the missile could target different types of aircraft such as fighter planes and helicopters, as well as cruise missiles, Reuters reported.
Dehghan said that a recent $110 billion weapons deal struck between the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia was “done with the goal of threatening Iran.”
“We recently witnessed an immense purchase that some countries in the region paid as a ransom to America and they intend to bring weapons into the region, and this purchase was done with the goal of threatening Islamic Iran,” he said.
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SOURCE: The Hill, John Bowden