Iran test-fires its Shabaab-3 medium-range ballistic missile as tensions rise
Iran has reportedly test-fired its medium-range ballistic missile Shabaab-3, amid escalating tensions with the US and UK in the Gulf.
The Shahab-3 missile traveled 1,000km but did not pose a threat to shipping or US bases, according to a Pentagon official.
According to the US official, the intelligence assessment is its part of Iran’s efforts to improve the range and accuracy.
News of the provocation emerged after Boris Johnson ordered the Royal Navy to accompany all British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz.
The move follows the seizure of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero and the kidnapping of its crew by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard terror group on Friday.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.