An Iranian ballistic missile based on the Zuljanah satellite launch vehicle could carry a one-ton warhead for up to 5,000 km and strike any target on the European continent, Israel's ambassador to the U.N. wrote in a letter to the Security Council.
The letter said that such capabilities could turn the ballistic missile into the most powerful weapon in the Iranian arsenal because of its range. Currently, Iran's Khorramshahr missile has a range of 3,000km with a 750kg warhead. A missile with a range of 5,000 km would enable Iran to attack any country in Europe, including Iceland. The Janes website reported that the Zuljanah satellite launch vehicle, unveiled on February 1, 2020, was described as being capable of putting a 220kg payload into orbit 500km above the earth.
The letter of the Israeli ambassador to the U.N. said that mobile launchers make prelaunch detection more complex and are typically used for launching surface-to-surface ballistic missiles. "This activity casts further doubt as to whether Iran's space program is really for peaceful purposes, as the regime claims. These latest technological advancements point once again to the close link between Iran's space and military programmes, which work in tandem to develop its capacity to develop nuclear warheads," Israel's ambassador to the U.N. wrote to the Security Council.