Iran to test advanced missile
Sunday 08 August 2004 12:06 AM GMT
Tehran says its missiles are for defensive purposes
Iran will soon test a more advanced version of its Shahab-3 missile, an Iranian daily says.
Quoting the Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani, the Tehran Times on Sunday said the rocket would be tested to keep the country prepared for an attack.
"A society which does not prepare itself for threats will meet the same fate as Saddam Hussein," Shamkhani was quoted by the daily as saying.
Iran has several times warned of a probable attack by the United States or Israel and Shamkhani said Iran should be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
The minister rejected Israeli accusations that its missiles were a threat to Europe, saying Iran's military strategy was no threat to any country and aimed solely at defensive purposes.
Iran tested the missile in June last year when it was delivered to the armed forces. The medium-range ballistic missile has a range of 1300km, meaning it could reach Israel if launched from Iran.
Testing missiles are its legitimate rights, Iran insists.
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