Thursday, April 3, 2008

Iran Dismisses Missile Threat

Speaking at a NATO summit yesterday, President Bush said Iran was developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching Europe and the US.

Today, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in Tehran that the president’s remarks were aimed at destabilizing the region. He did not elaborate why the US wants to see the region destabilized.

Iran has already test-fired Shahab-3, a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers capable of reaching Israel and southern Europe. There have been reports that Iran is also developing a new ballistic missile, code-named Kousar, with a range of 4,000 or 5,000 kilometers (2,500 to 3,300 miles).

US plans to deploy 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar in Czech Republic to counter Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities.

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