Earlier in May, Pakistan had conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile
Shaheen-II which is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1500 kilometers.
Looking in the direction of north from Turkey, Russian Federation stands out as a neighboring country in control of a very large stockpile of nuclear weapons, and accompanying the latter, the world's largest and most varied inventory of ballistic missiles
. On the one hand, the bulk of Russia's ballistic missile
inventory consists of ICBMs and submarine-launched ballistic missiles
(SLBM), forming as such the backbone of Moscow's strategic nuclear deterrent--thereof rendered extraneous with respect to Turkey's day-to-day security agenda.
Western states suspect Iran of developing the technology capable of launching long-range ballistic missiles
with conventional or nuclear payloads, a charge denied by Tehran, which insists its space program has purely peaceful aims.
In addition to its nuclear program, the second most important program of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is its ballistic missile
The United States continues to develop a multilayered ballistic missile
defense capability against long-range missile threats from the Middle East.
Nevertheless, the conclusion of the Iranian nuclear deal has not stopped the Islamic Republic from investing into rocket technology which can be used as a precursor for ballistic missile
The US Department of the Treasury imposed financial sanctions on two more Iranian companies it claims are involved in the country's ballistic missile
Department of the Treasury designated 11 entities and individuals involved in procurement on behalf of Iran's ballistic missile
Summary: The United States is reviewing reports that Iran carried out a ballistic missile
test last month in violation of U.N.
"We have seen Iran almost serially violate the international community's concerns about their ballistic missile
programme, and the UN Security Council (UNSC)resolution actually gives the international community some tools to interdict some equipment and material that could be used to advance their ballistic missile
programme, and gives us the ability to work in concert with our partners around the world to engage a strategy to try to disrupt continued progress of their ballistic missile
programme," he said.
SEUL (CyHAN)- South Korea plans to complete the development of its homegrown ballistic missile
with a range of 800 km by 2017 to deploy the medium-range missile targeting the whole territory of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday citing government and military officials.
But before discussing the chances of a Pyongyang-Tehran proliferation partnership, let's look first at the state of each country's ballistic missile
and nuclear capabilities.