Amid the ongoing nuclear talks to convince the West of its "peaceful" nuclear designs, in a move Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei revealed in January is an Islamic "taqiyya" deceptive tactic, Iran continues to roll out military advances and threats.
The official site of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards warned the US that its warships in the Persian Gulf were in range of their Karrar combat drones, as well as their Kowsar anti-ship missiles, both domestically produced.
Karrar drones sport a flight range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) and a maximum speed of 900 kilometers per hour (559 mph). They are equipped with 125 to 250 kilogram (275-551 pound) bombs, and can additionally carry a Kowsar-class torpedo for combat against seagoing vessels. The drones are reportedly suitable for attacks deep in enemy territory.
As for the Kowsar missiles; Iran claims they feature remote-control and are built to withstand electronic jamming signals. They are deployed along the Iranian coast on the Persian Gulf.
With these weapons systems, the Revolutionary Guards' website boasted that American warships in the region "can no longer feel secure".
The statement comes after a new report from the Pentagon last week admitted that the US would have no clue if Iran obtained nuclear weapons. Iran has been steadily boosting its military capabilities, even as the US has lifted sanctions in the last 2 weeks.
The Islamic Republic has been working in earnest on producing its own domestically-made military hardware in order to circumvent international sanctions.
In December, Iran bragged of its new Qader cruise missile sporting a 200 kilometer (124 mile) range, as well as a new radar system for electronic warfare. In November, the Islamic regime released a new Fotros drone boasting a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles), making it able to attack Israel.
While this recent round of rhetoric from the Revolutionary Guards particularly threatened the US, last Saturday they announced "if the Islamic nation would unite, it could minimize the breathing room of the US and the West until the Zionist regime would no longer have room to breathe."
Iranian lawmakers have previously expressed such memorable sentiments as "having a nuclear bomb is necessary to put down Israel," Israel is "a cancer" in the region, and "only war can free Palestine."