Iran’s Revolutionary Guards today unveiled a home-built drone capable to reach most of the Middle East states including Israel. It is a long-range drone that can carry missiles and bombs. The drone, named Shahed 129, has a range of 2000 kilometers. Iran’s state television claimed on Tuesday that the country had developed the drone from indigenous sources, but did not give any further details. The drone can be used for reconnaissance purposes and to hit different targets on ground.
The announcement by the state television has alarmed Middle East countries, especially Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Ministerhave been lobbying to initiate a military action against Iran for the last couple of months, but have not been successful in getting support of the United States and European countries. There have been speculations that Israel wants to attack nuclear facilities of Iran before the US presidential election in November this year because Israeli leaders believe that President will support their action against Iran if they strike the country before the election.
However, the Obama administration believes that the issue of Iran’s controversial nuclear program can be resolved through diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations. In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama did warn Iran to stop the nuclear program, but did not set any specific red lines for the country as desired by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama’s political rival and Republican presidential candidate,has lashed out at the former on a number of occasions for his lack of vision and failure to handle the nuclear issue of Iran effectively. Romney has even alleged that President Barack Obama mishandled the Arab uprising and it may cost heavily to image of the United States.
On the other hand, Iranian officials say that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and they do not plan to develop atomic bomb. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that his country is pursuing a peaceful nuclear technology because they plan to fulfill energy needs of the country through it besides treating some lethal diseases like cancer and diabetes. While speaking in New York, Ahmadinejad said that Israel has no roots in the Middle East. Last Sunday, the chief of Revolutionary Guard, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, was quoted by Iran’s official news agency as saying that Iran might launch a preemptive strike on Israel if it became sure that the Jewish state is about to attack.
Amid threats and counter threats, Iran is making progress in war technology and the development of the drone is proof of it. Israel and the United States should come up with some practical ways to resolve the issue instead of just relying on the option of military action.