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Iran’s Guard says it has multiple warhead missiles

TEHRAN — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard on Wednesday said it had acquired missiles with multiple warheads, the latest armaments advance to be claimed by the Islamic Republic.

At a ceremony Wednesday, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan presented a delivery of four types of ballistic missiles — named Qiam, Qadr H1, Fateh-110, and Persian Gulf. The Qadr H1 and Qiam, he said, are equipped with multiple warheads, greatly boosting their destructive power.

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‘‘These missiles are able to hit and destroy enemy targets with precision, and they meet a variety of the armed forces’ needs,’’ Dehghan said. ‘‘The weapons have strengthened Iran’s deterrence power and military might,’’ he added, in comments posted on the Guard’s website.

Iran regularly announces breakthroughs in military technology that are impossible to independently verify.

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But the Pentagon released a rare public report in 2012 noting significant advances in Iranian missile technology.

Dehghan said Western sanctions have not stopped Iran from boosting its ability to deter its enemies, a reference to Israel and the United States.

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