At a parade in Teheran on Wednesday (Sept 21), shown on state TV, the military displayed long-range missiles, tanks, and the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system.
At the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, the navy showed off 500 vessels, as well as submarines and helicopters, at a time of high tension with the United States in the strategic waterway.So not only is Iran threatening to perform a war crime, they are threatening to do it with a cluster munition whose use may be a war crime as well.
Among the weapons displayed was the new long-range"Zolfaqar" ballistic missile, named after a legendary sword said to have given by the Prophet Mohammad to Imam Ali. It has "a cluster warhead capable of hitting targets spread over the ground", according to Tasnim.
A banner on the side of a truck carrying the new missile bore a threat to Iran's arch-foe Israel: "If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust."
An Amnesty spokesperson said "That's unconscionable ! You are talking about Jews adding bedrooms to their houses in Jerusalem suburbs, aren't you?"