European cities could be flung into the firing line of Iran’s fury as tensions in the Middle East reach breaking point, Daily Star Online can reveal.
Saudi Arabia sent a chilling warning to Iran this week, saying “we will not stand by idly” after Tehran was accused of committing an “act of war”.
Iranian rebels allegedly fired a missile at the Kingdom’s capital Riyadh, sending tensions boiling over to new heights.
And today Iran issued a chilling threat to Europe.
But with a deadly arsenal of nuclear-capable missiles at its disposal, Iran poses a real, huge danger to Europe – let alone the Middle East.
Should a new world war be declared, Iran could – with its medium-range ballistic missiles – obliterate any capital city within 2,000km.
But its biggest and most terrifying is a cruise missile called Soumar – with a reach of a terrifying 3,000km.
It is a copy of the Soviet Kh-55, which was reportedly stolen from Ukraine in 2001 and apparently reverse engineered in Iran.
If fired from north-western Iran, the missile could wipe out any part of eastern Europe, and some western countries, too.
Germany’s capital Berlin would fall within the range, and Rome and Milan in Italy and eastern parts of Switzerland.
Also in the firing line are Brit holiday hotspots such as Athens in Greece, Istanbul in Turkey and Prague in Czech Republic.
Other countries such as Austria, Bulgara, Romania, Ukraine and Poland would also be at risk.
Across Asia is another host of capital cities which could fall victim to a new world war with Iran, such as Mumbai in India and Islamabad in Pakistan.
Western China also falls into the missile range.
But although Moscow is within the suspected 3,000km range, Russia is a strong ally of Iran, so any war would likely see Iran backed by Putin’s deadly army.
The Soumar missile was reportedly tested for the first time earlier this year, travelling 600km and being hailed as “successful”.
The other missiles Iran has at its disposal are Sejjil and Shahab 3, which both have the biggest structures and a range of 2,000km.
But it was Iran’s Qiam-1, with a range of 800km, that was believed to have been fired at Riyadh airport in July, threatening a new world war as the conflict spreads into neighbouring countries.
Yemen has become host to a tug-of-war, with Saudi backing the country’s ousted government with boots on the ground, while Iran offers material support to the country’s Houthi rebels.
Meanwhile Lebanon – home to Iranian-backed terrorist militia Hezbollah – has been thrust into the centre of the crisis, after it was accused of holding the Saudi prime minister against his will.
Source » dailystar