Reports: Iran has installed surface-to-air missiles in 3 Arab countries

Press reports said that the Israeli government called on the security services to prepare plans to attack Iranian facilities, after receiving intelligence information that Tehran had deployed surface-to-air missiles in 3 Arab countries.

The Israeli “Makan” channel revealed that the security services are preparing plans to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in case the nuclear negotiations with Tehran falter.

She explained that intelligence estimates presented at the political level in the country in recent months indicate that Iran is seeking to install surface-to-air missiles in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and other regions with the aim of intercepting Israeli air strikes. 

This photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, June 9, 2019, shows the Khordad 15, a new surface-to-air missile battery at an undisclosed location in Iran. The system uses locally made missiles that resemble the HAWK missiles that the U.S. once sold to the shah and later delivered to the Islamic Republic in the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

World powers have yet to announce a date for resuming talks in Vienna on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal , under which it curbed its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.  

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew   from the agreement in 2018, and reimpose tough US sanctions. About a year later, Iran began violating some of the agreement’s limits on uranium enrichment

On Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had begun expanding its enrichment of uranium to a purity of more than 20 percent at a plant in Natanz, where it is already enriching uranium to 60 percent, but the new activity does not include keeping that product.

The move is likely to help Iran enhance its knowledge of the enrichment process, something Western powers generally condemn as irreversible.  

Uranium is considered weapon-grade, with a purity of about 90 percent.  

Officials from the United States, Israel and the European Union have taken an escalatory approach to Iran. Earlier this month, American officials said they would consider all options if Tehran failed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, and Israel declared that it reserves the right to act

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