The Islamic Republic unveiled its third generation Zolfaqar-e-Basir rocket which it claims can travel 434 miles. This would mean Tehran’s missile range has been doubled with the introduction of the missiles, which was announced on the state-controlled Press TV.

It puts American military bases across Gulf nations at risk months after Washington and Tehran came close to an all-out war following Donald Trump’s assassination of General Qassem Soleimani.

The US has bases stationed in the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Iraq.

In a stark waning to President Trump, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, vowed to press ahead with a “war of willpower”.

Commander Major General Hossein Salami said: “The war underway today is one of willpower.

“The Iranian nation continues down this path with conviction by clearly recognising its way forward.”

Iran’s economy continues to suffer heavily under Mr Trump’s sanctions.

Earlier this month the Trump administration confirmed the renewal of a conventional arms embargo on the Islamic Republic which had been due to expire in mid-October.

And virtually all United Nations sanctions on the hermit kingdom were restored.

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Mr Trump pulled the US out of the pact just over a year after he entered the White House.

Commander Major General Salami warned Iran is ready to go to war with the US.

He claimed the country had used the sanctions as “an opportunity for expeditious advancement in the defensive areas.”

The unveiling of the powerful long-range missiles comes after Iran launched a series of attacks on military bases in Iraq which housed American troops.

In retaliation for the killing of General Soleimani in January, Tehran blasted sites including the Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province.

Dozens of rockets, believed to have been the second generation of the surface-to-surface Zolfaqar-e Basir rained down on the base.

While President Trump initially claimed there had been no casualties, the Pentagon later confirmed more than 100 troops had suffered traumatic brain injuries.

The attack took place 144 miles west of Baghdad less than a week after General Soleimani’s death.

The top Iranian military figure was assassinated in a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport as he arrived for a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

source: express.co.uk

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