Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Iran's Missile Test Fire Raises Concerns

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday test fired a longer range Shahab 3 missile, whose range is sufficient to put Israel within reach, Arabic language state channel Al-Alam reported.

The channel said that the missile test fired was a "Shahab 3 with a conventional warhead weighing one tonne and a 2,000 kilometre (1,240 mile) range."

The test firing, which also included the firing of several other missiles, comes at a time of growing tensions over the Iranian nuclear programme, which the West fears could be aimed at making an atomic bomb.

The White House on Wednesday denounced Iran's test of a missile that puts Israel within reach and warned the Islamic republic to abandon its ballistic missile programme immediately.

"Iran's development of ballistic missiles is a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and completely inconsistent with Iran's obligations to the world," said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

Source: IC News

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