US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton called for sanctions against Iran after the Islamic Republic brushed off US concerns and test-fired two ballistic missiles that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, Reuters reported.
The Iranian state television showed footage of two Qadr missiles being launched from northern Iran, which the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said hit targets 1,400km away. The root cause of US concern regarding the peacefulness of the missiles test footage is the Iranian agencies’ statement that the missiles were stamped with the Hebrew words saying “Israel should be wiped from the pages of history.”
Meanwhile, Iran reiterated its rejection to join oil output freeze pact, and the National Iranian Oil Company claimed that its crude exports had risen to 1.8mb/d, up 30% compared to February. It is unlikely that much of the volume was sold into the EU as merely four tankers were reported to have been shipped to Europe, The Maritime Executive reported.