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A medium-range missile is test-fired by Iran near the Strait of Hormuz in 2012. (Reuters)

London – Iran successfully test-fired a Hormuz-2 ballistic missile last week, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Aerospace Force Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Thursday.

Speaking at a martyrs’ ceremony, Hajizadeh said the missile destroyed a floating target from about 250 km.

“The naval ballistic missile called Hormuz-2 this week has successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away,” stated Hajizadeh.

Hormuz-2 is a naval ballistic missile capable of hitting moving targets with high accuracy within a range of 300 kilometers. It was built in Iran and was launched from Kerman in southeast Iran, Fars News Agency reported.

The reported launches come amid rising tensions with the United States over Iran’s missile program. During his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump described the nuclear deal with Iran as “disastrous” and threatened to cancel it.

In February, Trump imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program after Tehran announced it had fired several sophisticated rockets during a military exercise.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that if the president tears up the nuclear deal, Iran will burn it.

“We do not violate the deal, but if the other party violates it, if they tear the agreement up, we will set it on fire,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his official website.