Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei threw his full support behind the IRGC’s post-JCPOA series of ballistic missile test launches by stating on his 30 March website message, “those who say that the world of tomorrow will be a world of negotiation and not one of missiles are either ignorant or traitorous.”

The Leader’s statement follows less than two weeks after the regime had mobilized “Friday Prayer Leaders” in key cities to deliver khutbahs (sermons) supporting the country’s recent spate of ballistic missile tests. The regime, stung by rising criticism from some western governments that these launches are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, has responded by rallying prominent political mullahs to describe these tests as underscoring Iran’s right of self-defense. Friday Prayer Leaders on 18 March in Tehran (Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movadi Kermani), Tabriz (Ayatollah Mohsen Mojahed Shabestani), and Shiraz (Ayatollah Asadollah Emani), all delivered sermons vigorously supporting the tests.

These launches included the firing of the Emad short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on 15 October, the Ghadro medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on 21 November, and the more recent launches of two Qiam SRBMs on 8 March 2016, and two Qadr MRBMs on 9 March, which of course could target Israel. This was likely the intended message for the launches of the Qadr, as Vice President Biden was visiting the Jewish State at that time .

The Emad (The Pillar) is a liquid-fueled intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) with a probable range of about 1000 miles.

The Ghadr-110 MRBM (Intensity) has a range of about 1250 miles. It appears to be closely related to another missile in the Iranian missile arsenal, the Shahab-3 (Meteor) which is itself a copy of the North Korean Nodong I missile.

The Qiam SRBM 9 (Uprising/Rebellion) has a range of about 500 miles. However, it has a multiple re-entry vehicle (MRV) capability, which is a clear indication that Iran wants a nuclear bomb capability. The Qiam is already configured to have three RVs. Iran continues to strive to improve its missile accuracy. The goal is to have the capability to achieve multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicles (MIRVs).

The Qadr MRBM (Destiny) has a range of about 1250 miles. This missile is named for the night upon which the Koran was first dictated to Allah’s Messenger Muhammad by the Angel Jibril (Gabriel), in the Cave of Hira on the Mountain of Noor (Light) in Mecca. The Sura/Chapter dictated that night was al-Alaq (The Clot/The Blood Clot). The Night of Destiny, or Layat-e-Qadr, always falls within the last ten days of the month of Ramadan.

These launches are clear violations of UNSCR 1929 passed in 2010, which stipulates that “Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads, including launches using ballistic missile technology.” The United States Senate appears ready to take up Senator Ayotte of New Hampshire’s bill which, if passed and signed by President Obama, would “blacklist” all industries in Iran that service the country’s ballistic missile production lines.