Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Threat from Iran
The longest range was from the Shahab-3, which can travel approximately 1,200 miles. Iran clearly has missiles in its arsenal that can easily reach the Strait of Hormuz, Israel, and U.S. troops stationed throughout the Middle East. There is also no slow down for Iran in their attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon. They have already made repeated threats against Israel and it seems it is only a matter of time before they act on them.
Iran's short-range missile threat is clearly identifiable, and if they do obtain a nuclear weapon, it is potentially devastating for Israel, U.S. troops and allies in the region, and the rest of the Middle East. Iran will not stop there, however. They are working with Korea on their intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. They have already been adapting the Shahab-3 missile to accommodate a nuclear warhead, so it is natural that they would use any long-range intercontinental ballistic missile for the same purpose. They are working on a two-stage missile, which could easily reach the whole of Europe and the East Coast of the United States. If they complete a three-stage missile, they will have the capability of reaching the entire U.S.
Now, more than ever, the U.S. needs to be investing in missile defense. There needs to be more sea-based Aegis destroyers with missile defense systems stationed in the Persian Gulf and along the coasts of Europe and the U.S. There needs to be more land-based missile defense systems placed throughout Europe and the Middle East. There needs to be more research and implementation of a space-based missile defense system for the U.S. to defend itself and its allies around the globe from the nuclear threat Iran will no doubt have in the near future.
For more on this, read the article, Mullahs and Missiles. The world has not become a more stable place with the proliferation of nuclear technologies. Only solid missile defense programs in place around the globe will deter the use of these devastating weapons.