In August, the Pentagon tested a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 km (310 miles).

The shortage of seats has left Sanchez and his party courting Catalan separatist party ERC, whose 13 seats offer the party a chance to play the role of potential kingmaker in the government.ERC - whose leader Oriol Junqueras was sentenced to 13 years in prison earlier this year over the failed 2017 bid for Catalan independence - has relished the opportunity.

As talks began last month, ERC set out a list of demands including unconditional dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan regional governments and a guarantee that any commitments made will be carried out.King Felipe VI began formal consultations on Tuesday, meeting with the leaders of more than a dozen parties in his role as a facilitator.

Sanchez on Wednesday did not offer any details on talks with ERC, instead calling on parties to take “responsibility” to end the political deadlock.

He was aiming for a timeline of “as soon as possible,” he said, but noted it did not depend on his party.“Voters were clear on Nov.

10, they want the Socialists to govern.

There is no other possible alternative,” he said..

that authorizes the president to do what we would like him to do, but no more, is an extraordinarily difficult drafting challenge,” Smith said.The cost of the air strikes so far is nearly $1 billion and is likely to run between $2.

4 billion and $3.8 billion per year if air and ground operations continue at the current pace, an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Grant McCoolOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.