Iran has received its first batch of North Korean-made surface-to-surface missiles that put European countries within firing range, Israel's military intelligence chief said in an interview published Thursday. The BM-25 missiles, which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, have a range of 1,550 miles - a significant jump from Iran's current Shahab-3, with an original range of 745 miles and a recently improved range of range of 1,300 miles.
The BM-25s are a significant upgrade over its existing top-of-the-line missiles - the Shahab-4 and Shahab-3. Those missiles spurred Israel to develop its Arrow-2 anti-ballistic missile system, which is can intercept the Iranian missiles.
The graphic below shows Iran's old missile range with the Shahab-3, able strike throughout the Middle East and part of Europe. Imagine Iran's new missile range with the BM-25 - an additional 250 miles puts their reach deeper into central Europe.
Iran in recent weeks, tested the Fajr-3, a missile it said can avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads. U.S. intelligence officials have said that Iran is at an advanced stage of developing a missile that can carry a nuclear warhead.