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Iran Unveils ‘Soleimani’ Missile as U.S. Seeks Sanctions Return

The “Martyr Hajj Qassem” missile is displayed in Iran.

The “Martyr Hajj Qassem” missile is displayed in Iran.

Source: Iranian Defense Ministry via AP Photos

Iran unveiled new missiles, including one named after a slain top general, hours before the U.S. heads for a major confrontation at the United Nations triggered by its attempts to extend an international ban on selling arms to the Islamic Republic.

In a ceremony Thursday broadcast live on state TV, Defense Minister Amir Hatami announced a ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) named after General Qassem Soleimani, and dedicated a cruise missile with a shorter range to Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.