Iran test fires new long-range missile: report

March 8th, 2009 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, March 8 (Xinhua) Iran has “successfully” test fired a new long-range missile, the country’s English-language television station Press TV reported Sunday.
“Iran’s defence ministry said it has successfully installed long-range (air-to-sea) missiles on some of its jet fighters,” the report said, which did not say when the test was conducted.

“The ministry said Iranian experts have managed to build and test-launched the new missile to hit its naval targets within a range of more than 110 kilometres,” the report said.

“These are also equipped with radar system for automatic navigation and target recognition,” the report said, adding the 500-kg missile is Iran’s latest military development.

The country’s latest test of its long-range missiles comes amid the global efforts to soothe the tension between Iran and the West over its nuclear programme. Tehran has said its military agenda is defensive and its technology is aimed at the possible aggressions.

On Wednesday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said that Israel’s nuclear sites are within the reach of its missiles.

“All the nuclear sites in every part of the occupied lands by the Zionist regime (Israel) are within the reach of Iran’s missiles,” Jafari was quoted as saying.

The US and Israel have consistently refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear programme.

The US and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear programme. Iran has denied the US charges and insisted that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

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