Iran Launches Another Ballistic Missile

Tyler Durden's picture

So much for hope that Iran was prepared to de-escalate military tensions with the US.

As we reported yesterday, when we asked rhetorically "did Trump scare Iran", according to satellite photos obtained by Fox, Iran had pulled a missile from a launchpad, despite prepping it previously for launch, in a sign perhaps that Tehran was willing to make the first step in de-escalating tensions with Trump.

Alas, that was not the case, and as Fox News reports moments ago, citing a US official, Iran has launches another missile from launchpad where it conducted ballistic missile test last month.


According to Fox, the Semnan launch pad was the same as the one where recent satellite photos showed Iran had placed a Safir rocket poised to put a satellite into space before it was taken off the launcher. The reason Iran scrubbed the previous launch is not yet known. The missile used in Wednesday's launch was a short-range Mersad surface-to-air missile, which impacted 35 miles away, according to a U.S. official.

This latest test comes less than a week after the U.S. placed new sanctions on Iran. There's been a flurry of activity at the Semnan launch pad, located about 140 miles east of Tehran, in recent weeks, officials have told Fox News.

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While we are merely speculating, the launch may be in response to last night's report from Reuters that President Trump’s administration was considering potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. According to officials, such a proposal, which if implemented would add to measures the United States has already imposed on individuals and entities linked to the IRGC.

Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade

The IRGC is by far Iran’s most powerful security entity, which also has control over large stakes in Iran’s economy and huge influence in its political system. To be sure, Reuters admits that it had not seen a copy of the proposal, which could come in the form of an executive order directing the State Department to consider designating the IRGC as a terrorist group. It is unclear whether Trump would sign such an order.

The Revolutionary Guards answer to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose power far surpasses that of Rouhani.

Naming Iran's single most powerful military and political institution as a terrorist group could have potentially destabilizing effects, including further inflaming regional conflicts in which the United States and regional arch-rivals blame Iran for interference. Iran denies those allegations. It would also likely complicate the U.S. fight against Islamic State in Iraq, where Shi’ite militias backed by Iran and advised by IRGC fighters are battling the Sunni jihadist group. 

According to Reuters, some of Trump’s more hawkish advisors in the White House have been urging him to increase sanctions on Iran since his administration began to take shape. After tightening sanctions against Iran last week in response to a ballistic missile test, White House officials said the measures were an “initial” step.

The United States has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC. In 2007, the U.S. Treasury designated the IRGC’s Quds Force, its elite unit in charge of its operations abroad, “for its support of terrorism,” and has said it is Iran’s “primary arm for executing its policy of supporting terrorist and insurgent groups.”

A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and the United States and other major world powers. Sanctioning the IRGC could also backfire in different ways, this official warned, as it could strengthen the hardliners and undercut more moderate leaders such as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and encourage Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria to curtail any action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and perhaps even sponsor actions against U.S.-backed or even American forces battling Islamic State in Iraq.

"The Iranians will not take any U.S. action lying down," said the official. "They may not act quickly or in the open, but there is a danger of an escalating conflict."


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wren's picture

A mess created by the Obama administration that needs cleaning up.

Occident Mortal's picture

35 miles?

I can spit further.

Jim Sampson's picture

They're about to get a whole lot of freedom coming their way.

eatthebanksters's picture

It will be interesting to hear from the Ayatollah when one morning he wakes up and finds out that all his launch platforms, arms depots, miltary weapons facilities and supply centers are now big craters in the fucking sand.  Its coming, count on it.

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Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Delusional comment of a hurrah patriot.

eatthebanksters's picture
Am I delusional to worry about Iran creating Nukes?  Perhaps you are delusional to think as the largest state sponsor of terror they would not harm us if given the chance. de·lu·sion·al d??lo?oZH(?)n?l/ adjective  
  1. characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

    "hospitalization for schizophrenia and delusional paranoia"

    • based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken.

      "their delusional belief in the project's merits never wavers"

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Am I delusional to worry about Iran creating Nukes?

Yes. Do not skip medications.

FreedomGuy's picture

I think it would be great to be ready for the next one and test our anti-ballistic missiles. It would be interesting for them to watch their missile rising beautifully in the sky just as they see two smaller incoming jet trails and then suddenly their missile explodes. Then they scratch their heads trying to figure out if that was how it was supposed to go.

A harmless show of force for a harmless show of force. Would be a good real time test of our systems and perhaps useful in dialing down any potential conflict.

Mr T's picture

Hey douche, why do you think we have a right to destroy another nations property, possibly cause a world war, that has not attacked us? Freedum?

Show us your fucking enlistment papers asswipe.

eatthebanksters's picture

Hey double douche...if we wipe out their military capability there won't be a world war and their own people will overthrow that totalitarian government.  I don't want one of our soldiers to step foot on their soil.  I do want them to stop their belligerant threats to us and Israel.  I'm not talking about killing civilians or even wiping out their military.  I'm talking about taking out their offensive capability to strike beyond their borders.  

Answer me a few questions: 1. Do you really think they have stopped trying to develop nukes?  Why are they testing ballistic missiles if they don't plan to have nukes?  Are they going to load regular explosive in them?  Now here's the big question...Would you rather confront Iran's belligerance before or after they have nukes?  

I don't want to invade Iran, occupy Iran or really have anything to do with them. I just want to make sure they don't ever get their hands on nukes.  

Does that explain it double douche?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Your struggle with windmills shall devour you.

FreedomGuy's picture

You are getting into advanced thinking and history, ETB. It's above the triggers for guys like T He probably needs safe space.

FreedomGuy's picture

What a moron. You obviously could not pass the ASVAB.

It's not about destroying property. It's about threats and counter threats, dimwit. I understand this very well and you miss it completely...asswipe.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Your idiotic comment shows exactly why the Iranians MUST develop nukes to defend themselves against US terrorism. Die a slow and painful death, cunt.

Bob's picture

I'm wondering if the Prez is gonna destroy Khamenei's career!

After somebody gets him the name, of course. 

This should be interesting.  Long Iran. 

jaxville's picture

It's a test.  All they need to do is see that their missile is capable of reaching the desired trajectory and terminate it at that point.  No need to have it land somewhere in the Atlantic ocean.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

A surface-to-air missile is not a ballistic missile.

They tested an air defense missile. So what?

lolmao500's picture

Well its fox news. So of course they wont precise the type of missile and will warmonger about it

homericninjas's picture

Actually Carter and all since. We had the buffs ready to fly in 11/79.....peanut boy closed the hangar doors and the window.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) homericninjas Feb 8, 2017 7:02 PM

That would have been a fine way to end the 25 years of dictatorship that we forced them to live under.

homericninjas's picture

I don't disagree. They should have aimed us toward Langley as well. But as much as I dislike puff the magic negro he didnt spill the first beer.

Laddie's picture

The TRUTH about 9-11 is HATE don't you know that?

Ayatollah Khamenei: NO NUKES

CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup
Declassified documents describe in detail how US – with British help – engineered coup against Mohammad Mosaddeq

In 2003 the cost of Israel to US Taxpayers was THREE TRILLION DOLLARS!

Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German Submarines - SPIEGEL ONLINE 06/03/2012

jaxville's picture

  The Dolphin class subs are quite formidable, as far as diesel electrics go.  Problem is they have been compromised since inception.  Russia and, quite possibly; China and USA can locate them with quite easily.


Squid Viscous's picture

they will never get it, too many years of gulping faux news has ruined their brains

itstippy's picture


"A mess created by the Obama administration that needs cleaning up."

No; the mess in the Middle East has been there for a very long time.  

The Bush Administration's idiotic "Operation Iraqi Freedom" exasperated the situation greatly in 2003 and forced the U.S. into a "you broke it - you fix it" commitment to the entire Middle East.  The Obama Administration inherited this disaster and despite the heroic efforts of Secretaries Of State Clinton and Kerry managed to fuck up things beyond all repair, and spread the freedom into Libya and Syria and Yemen and . . .

We need to simply declare victory and go home.  Let the Israelis and Saudis try to sort things out in the sandbox.  We'll sit back and give our "full moral support" (what we do when we're declining to send guns or money).

therover's picture

The Middle East has been a mess before the Pilgrims settled here. 

As far as the Obama admin does, check your calendar...GWB destabilized that region prior to OBO.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

My understanding is that the west (US and Israel) have technology that can vaporize an Iranian missle either in flight or right on the launching pad.

I expect this missle testing nonsense to cease in short order.

Squid Viscous's picture

allowed under the treaty, despite the forthcoming histrionics from wolf schvitzer and jacob tapper

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Ziohedge tightly follows neocon/zio script on Iran even as it rebels against the judeocorporate consensus on Syria and Russia/Ukraine.

Which is odd.


As if Adelson himself were calling the shots.


Big Jew got Uncle Sugar to ram through a vaguely worded sc res on **conventional** weapons/ same Israel that REFUSES to sign the NPT and is currently in violation of multiple unsc resolutions, and normative international law.

Israel does what it always does: moves the goalposts, lies, deceives...

The same Israel that bulldozes Arab homes to build Jewish only towns on stolen land.... but will shout 'antisemite' at you for calling it a racist, apartheid, colonialist annexation based on pseudohistory and ethnoctural appropriation.

Who Is The Real Enemy: Muslims or Jews?

Hillary Clinton: The Jewish Lobby Candidate

Jewish/Zionist Neocons Confounded by Putin's War on Israel's Terror Proxies

Jews DEMAND open borders for WHITE majority states, but support Israel's apartheid and dna testing ethnonationalism.

Mr T's picture

Everybody, don't be fooled that is not a yawn that is the constant position of FreedumGals mouth so high level sources say

FreedomGuy's picture

Brilliant retort. Don't you have to go back to class now that recess is over? Put on your clean Adolf undies, too.

BeanusCountus's picture

I assume that's true. If not, sanctions should be restored.
Bigger questionb is what we got in return for letting them do anything?

07564111's picture

You get to keep the Petro$$.

TeethVillage88s's picture

You get to keep your doctor, keep your health care plan...

Oh wait... looks like we are going to keep Obama Care with this GOP Corruption!! #%&*@

gatorengineer's picture

there is no such thing as a petro dollar.... show me one... thought so

07564111's picture

Take one of those shekels and you'll see one ;)

No Dollar Standard = No shekels for the ZH hasbrat trolls ;)

max2205's picture

We should send them some money....oh wait 

Raffie's picture

Send them all the muzzies in America.

That should smooth things over.

Arnold's picture

A relatively small yield tac-nuke will smooth over some aspects as well.

Glad to be helpful.

nmewn's picture

Reportedly Kerry & Obama are "mystified" and "shocked" by this behavior.

TheLastTrump's picture

The pro IRAN contingent hasn't yet figured out that they're on the same side as Obama/Clinton/Kerry. Give it time.

Arnold's picture

What does Richard Branson have to say?

SilverRoofer's picture

That he is more of a man than Micheal is and wants some Obama booty