Iran on Wednesday fired two more ballistic missiles, reportedly marked with “Israel must be wiped out” written in Hebrew. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp, a branch of the country's armed forces, said the missiles were capable of reaching Israel, reported the Associated Press. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, said Iran will not start a war, but will “not be taken by surprise” either. Israel is believed to have the only nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and has often threatened Iran’s military facilities.

This comes a day after Iran had fired an unknown number of ballistic missiles, defying recent sanctions imposed on the country’s nuclear programme. The latest round of test-firing coincided with United States Vice-President Joe Biden's trip to Israel. The missiles were fired in the eastern Alborz mountain range, aimed at reaching a target around 1,400 km away in the Sea of Oman. The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which monitors the region, did not comment on the test. Israel’s government has not commented either. The US State Department on Tuesday had criticised Iran’s move to launch the ballistic missiles, and said it will take up the matter with the United Nations Security Council.