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    Post Iran Says It Tests Missile, Israel Within Range

    Iran Says It Tests Missile, Israel Within Range

    by The Associated Press, May 20, 2009 ·

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe.

    The announcement will not reassure the U.S. government, coming just two days after President Barack Obama declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iran if it shunned U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama said he expected a positive response to his outreach for opening a dialogue with Iran by the end of the year.

    "Defense Minister (Mostafa Mohammad Najjar) has informed me that the Sajjil-2 missile, which has very advanced technology, was launched from Semnan and it landed precisely on the target," state radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He spoke during a visit to the city of Semnan, 125 miles east of the capital Tehran, where Iran's space program is centered.

    Ahmadinejad is running for re-election in a June 12 vote and has been criticized by his opponents and others for antagonizing the U.S. and mismanaging the country's faltering economy.

    Most Western analysts believe Iran does not yet have the technology to produce nuclear weapons, including warheads for long-range missiles. Many experts believe Iran is three to four years away, some think sooner, from having the capability.

    Iran says its missile program is merely for defense and its space program is for scientific and surveillance purposes. It maintains that its nuclear program is for civilian energy uses only.

    The solid-fuel Sajjil-2 surface-to-surface missile is a new version of the Sajjil missile, which Iran said it had successfully tested late last year with a similar range.

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    I dont trust the Associated Press.

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    "far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe"

    Did Ahmadinejad say that or is that a helpful addition by the friendly reporter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomRings View Post
    "far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe"

    Did Ahmadinejad say that or is that a helpful addition by the friendly reporter?
    Interpreters hold all the power and I am sure intentionally chosen.

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    sounds like fear control is back in full force.
    no proof of the event or evidence of this took place, shame oh well.

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    Israel should also announce that it has missiles that can reach Iran.

    Mid East has to be nuke free zone, Israel and Iran must open their nuke facilities for inspections immediately. Learning from Iraq WMD debacle, we don't have to bomb Israel or Iran to stop their WMD programs, but aggressive WMD inspections paid for by EU tax payers perhaps are in order.

    There will be no Iran-Israel war, write it down. Iran is pretty strong now thanks to US trained Iraqi shiite muslim army of half a million on their side and with Saddam threat gone. Israel was barely able to fight with Hezbullah , it is no match for Iraq/Iran/Hezbullah alliance now. Perhaps all the Euro gay tourism in holy land has made them soft on warring lately and God may be standing on sidelines.
    Last edited by Liberty Star; 05-20-2009 at 06:16 PM.

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