PERSIAN GULF - Iran has deployed a battery of ballistic missiles in the Strait of Hormuz, as well as other parts of the Persian Gulf, according to a report in the Saudi-based al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday.
According to senior Iranian official quoted by al-Watan, the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps deployed mobile surface-to-air and surface-to-sea missiles in response to alleged intelligence reports that Israel and the U.S. were preparing to attack its nuclear facilities.
In a related report in Iran's state news agency, FARS, Revolutionary Guards Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said the Islamic Republic is facing military and non-military threats.
"We must all be aware that the enemy is continuing its hostilities and has still not ended its threats," Jafari told FARS.
"In the past, the enemy forced war upon us and afterwards, additional threats were directed at us in different ways," the Revolutionary Guards commander said.
"We must boost our readiness in non-military fields (as well)," Jafari said, noting that Iran has many ways of countering the propaganda war.
Meanwhile, a recent study, conducted by former head of Israel's Arrow missile defense system program, Uzi Rubin, and head of Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies Tal Inbar, called Iran's ballistic missile capabilities a substantial rather than existential threat to Israel.
Source: The Jerusalem Post