Iran test-fires a ballistic missile in dramatic ratcheting of tensions in the Gulf 

Iran has test-fired a ballistic missile amid sky-high tensions around the Persian Gulf.

The Sahab-3 missile was fired Wednesday from southern Iran and flew for 680miles before landing east of Tehran, without straying outside of Iranian territory. 

American military officials said they had been monitoring the launch site ahead of the test, and that at no time did the missile pose a threat to US shipping or bases.

Iran test-fired a Sahab-3 ballistic missile on Wednesday, which was fired from the south of the country and travelled 680 miles before landing east of Tehran (file)

Iran test-fired a Sahab-3 ballistic missile on Wednesday, which was fired from the south of the country and travelled 680 miles before landing east of Tehran (file)

Iran test-fired a Sahab-3 ballistic missile on Wednesday, which was fired from the south of the country and travelled 680 miles before landing east of Tehran (file)

The test was designed to improve the ‘range and accuracy’ of Iran’s ballistic missiles.

Sahab-3 is not a new missile design, and has been operational within the Iranian arsenal since 2003.

It is based on a North Korean design – the Nodong-1 – and variants of the basic missile can travel up to 1,200 miles.

While that is not enough to reach western Europe, it does put most of the Middle East – including Israel – within striking distance. 

Experts believe the Sahab-3 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. 

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