In Brief: Iran unveils new Paveh cruise missiles that can reach Israel

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A senior Iranian general unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,650km that could potentially reach Israel in an interview with state TV on Friday, in which he reiterated the Iranian regime’s desire to kill former US president Donald Trump.

“Our cruise missile with a range of 1,650km has been added to the missile arsenal of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps aerospace force, according to the Reuters news agency.

The broadcast included footage showing the new Paveh cruise missile, including flying low over terrain before hitting a target.

Beyond the range figure, Hajizadeh gave no further details of the missile.

The IRGC has previously boasted of a cruise missile arsenal with ranges of 1,000km.

The regime has also sparked mounting concern around the world regarding its supply of suicide drones to Russia for use in Ukraine, with some fears that it may send other weapons systems to Moscow.

Israel has long warned against Tehran’s missile programme, saying it poses a threat to Israel and Europe, particularly in light of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities.