(Freebeacon) – Iran is set to unveil a â€œdomestically producedâ€ cruise missile capable of reaching Israel and being launched â€œfrom land, sea, and air,â€ according to Iranian media reports.
Dubbed â€œMeshkat,â€ the existence of the long range Iranian missile was made public over the weekend by Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Mehdi Farahi, according to the Mehr News Agency.
With a range of 2,000 kilometers, or 1,242 miles, the missile could easily reach Israeli cities, including Jerusalem.
The report quotes Farahi as telling Iranâ€™s Press TV that the weapon will serve as â€œthe upper hand of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. â€¦ [The] Meshkat cruise missile, which God willing will be unveiled soon, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers.â€
Meanwhile, Iran held high-level talks with Chinese officials Sunday, and released a statement praising Chinese support for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mehr reported.
The meetings were held between Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Iranian deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, according to the report.
Zhang praised Iranâ€™s efforts to bolster Syriaâ€™s Assad regime, which has murdered hundreds of its own citizens since pro-democracy protests erupted in the Arab country. Iran has publicly and privately sought to prop up Assadâ€™s regime in direct opposition to the U.S. and Western positions on the conflict.
Iranian official Abdollahian was quoted as praising Chinaâ€™s â€œpolitical supportâ€ for Assad and Syria. He also maintained that, â€œSyria is going strong on the path to fight terrorists,â€ according to the report.
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