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Posted: 10/5/2004 11:42:40 AM EDT
Iran Says Its Missiles Can Now Reach 1,250 Miles

By Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has increased the range of its missiles to 1,250 miles, a senior official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The range would put parts of Europe within reach for the first time. Military experts had earlier put Iran's missile range at 810 miles, which would allow it to strike anywhere in Israel.

"Now we have the power to launch a missile with a 2,000 km (1,250-mile) range," the news agency IRNA quoted influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying. "Iran is determined to improve its military capabilities."

"If the Americans attack Iran, the world will change ... they will not dare to make such a mistake," Rafsanjani was quoted as saying in a speech at an exhibition on Space and Stable National Security.

Washington has accused Tehran of secretly developing nuclear weapons.

Iran insists its nuclear program is aimed only at generating electricity. It says its missiles are for defensive purposes and would be used to counter a possible Israeli or U.S. strike against its nuclear facilities.

In recent months, Iranian officials have frequently trumpeted their ability to strike back at any aggressor, and in August they announced they had successfully tested an upgraded version of the medium-range Shahab-3 missile.

Military experts say the unmodified Shahab-3 had a range of 810 miles. Shahab means meteor in Persian.

While Iran has had Israel in its missile sights for some time, Israeli officials said the longer 1,250-mile range was more significant for Europe than for Israel.

"We are well prepared to defend the state of Israel ... The Iranians will have to think twice before using these kinds of weapons," a senior Israeli government said.

Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said last month that a new "strategic missile" had recently been delivered to the armed forces, but did not give its range.

Israel has long accused Iran of working on a long-range missile, the Shahab-4, which would be able to reach Europe. Iran denies any plans to build a Shahab-4 missile.

Tehran recently announced plans to launch its own satellite into space next year. Military experts say a satellite launch rocket could easily be adapted for military purposes.

"We are very happy that our defense ministry ... will take us to the stage that we are able to use independent satellite technology in the fields of building, launching, positioning and receiving," Rafsanjani said.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:44:04 AM EDT
Some of those countries in Europe can use a few nukes up the ass for all their "support." Spain comes to mind...

Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:44:17 AM EDT

Hope they can reach France
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:46:05 AM EDT
i call b.s. bomb 'em.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:47:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:48:20 AM EDT
Can we ASK them nicely to target Europe?
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:50:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:51:47 AM EDT
Now let's see how the Euroweenies respond when they can be directly targeted.

May cause a few lightbulbs to flash on.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:52:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
Prove it.

+1 Ya we don't believe it. We may however believe if say France were turned in to a glass parking lot.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:53:47 AM EDT
Well now all the pussies in Europe will start objecting to any US action because Iran will be threatening them. For example:

The US wants to smack Syria for supporting terrorists. Iran pipes up and tells the US to back down or they will smack Europe. The European countries scream at the US like little girls because they don't want to get hurt and put pressure on the US to back down.

You don't actually think the pussies in French, Spain, and Germany would actually stand up for themselves do you? It's much easier to cry like a girl than to stand up for themselves.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:54:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:
Now let's see how the Euroweenies respond when they can be directly targeted.

May cause a few lightbulbs to flash on.

Or candles to light...

If we aren't kicking their ass, we're saving it. We should bill Europe on a monthly basis for not nuking them. If they are late on a payment...

Blast that ass.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:54:56 AM EDT
link! source??
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:55:18 AM EDT
......like I believe anything Ramalamadingdong says.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 12:13:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rifleman2000:
Some of those countries in Europe can use a few nukes up the ass for all their "support." Spain comes to mind...

Spain might still be outside their range. Unfortunately, the people closest are our friends like the Poles, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Romanians.

I wonder if Turkey is going to say "Fuck all this shit" and go nuclear. Like I hope the Japanese do. Our best negotiating point might be to just wash our hands and let the Japans and South Koreas of the world establish a regional deterrent. It's worked for Israel...
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