July 11th, 2012
09:48 PM ET

Pentagon: Iran is improving the killing power of its ballistic missiles

A report declassified Wednesday from the pentagon warns that iran is improving the killing power of its ballistic missiles. The pentagon also saying the country could be ready to test an intercontinental missile by 2015.

The report about Iran's military might comes as the country is increasingly flexing its power in the face of U.S. and E.U. sanctions, the most strict to date. Iran's already threatened to close down the vital strait of hormuz shipping lane.

CNN's Pentagon Correspondent, Chris Lawrence and retired U.S. Army General James "Spider" Marks are OutFront.

Pentagon: Iran improving its missile capabilities

Iran is steadily improving its missile capability and could be able to test a missile that could reach the U.S. shores within three years, according to a new Pentagon report assessing the status of the Iranian military.

"Iran has boosted the lethality and effectiveness of existing systems with accuracy improvements and new submuntion payloads," which allows missiles to drop explosives over a wider area causing more destruction, according to the report.

The missiles were part of war game exercises conducted by Iran last week. Iran's government said it was testing missiles capable of hitting U.S. bases around the Middle East.

"During the war games, long-range, medium-range and short-range missiles will be used and will be fired from different points across the country," which an Iranian spokesman said was designed to test the precision and efficiency of the warhead and missile systems.


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