Officials confirm: Iran just pulled missile off test-launch pad after apparent launch preps

Officials confirm: Iran just pulled missile off test-launch pad after apparent launch preps

[Ed. – It will probably never be possible to confirm absolutely that the Iranians canceled this missile launch due to the actions of the U.S. administration.  But note that the source here isn’t the Trump administration.  Fox was alerted to the event independently by a commercial satellite imagery company — and government officials then confirmed that they had the same information from government sources.  So it really did happen, and on a timeline that certainly suggests the actions of the U.S. may well have had an impact.]

Iran removed a powerful missile from a launchpad east of Tehran within the past few days, Fox News has learned, as U.S. and Iranian officials continued trading public barbs about the Islamic Republic’s missile tests.

The Pentagon is concerned because Safir missiles use the same components as those needed for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Iran’s ballistic program has “expanded dramatically” in the past 10 years, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

New satellite imagery from Feb. 3, obtained exclusively by Fox News from ImageSat International and verified by U.S. officials, showed Iran preparing a Safir for launch. That missile is the type Iran has previously used to put a satellite into space. …

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In a surprising about face, Fox News learned Tuesday morning that Iran’s missile had been removed from the launchpad. It was not immediately clear why.

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