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Wednesday, 09 July 2008

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Ahmadinejad Says No Risk Of War, Iran Missile Test Shows Threat Not Imaginary - Rice

Iran Test-Fires Missiles   [Andy McCarthy]

From the New York Times:

One day after threatening to strike Tel Aviv and United States interests if attacked, Iran's Revolutionary Guards were reported on Wednesday to have test-fired nine missiles, including one which Tehran claims has the range to reach Israel.  State-run media, quoted by Western news agencies, said the missiles were long- and medium-range projectiles, among them a new version of the Shahab-3 which Tehran maintains can hit targets 1,250 miles away from its firing position.

Iran's ballistic missile development violates Security Council Resolutions and thus the test has got the administration in a lather.  White House spokesman Gordon Johdroe reportedly said:

"The Iranian regime only furthers the isolation of the Iranian people from the international community when it engages in this sort of activity[.]" ...  He urged Iran to “refrain from further missile tests if they truly seek to gain the trust of the world. The Iranians should stop the development of ballistic missiles which could be used as a delivery vehicle for a potential nuclear weapon immediately.”

 

That'll show 'em.

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Iran Missile Test Shows Threat Not Imaginary - Rice

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AFP)--Iran's latest missile test shows the threat posed by the Islamic republic isn't imaginary, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here Wednesday.

"It's evidence that the missile threat is not an imaginary one," Rice told journalists at a news conference in the Bulgarian capital when asked about Iran's latest test of its Shahab-3 missile.

The Shahab-3 was among a broadside of nine missiles fired off in the early morning from an undisclosed location in the Iranian desert, state-run Arabic channel Al-Alam and its English counterpart Press-TV reported.

"It's time for Iranians to stop violating their Security Council obligations and start fulfilling them," Rice said.

She was in Sofia to receive a medal for her role in obtaining the release a year ago of Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya.

During her brief stop, Rice met with Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev and President Georgy Parvanov.


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Iran Tests 9 Missiles During War Games
Ahmadinejad Says No Risk Of War

POSTED: 3:40 am PDT July 9, 2008
UPDATED: 3:44 am PDT July 9, 2008


TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president said there's no chance of a war with the United States or Israel. But Iran appears to be turning up the heat a bit.

State television reported the Revolutionary Guards have tested nine new long- and medium-range missiles during war games. One of them has a range of 1,250 miles, which is within striking distance of Israel.

The report describing missile tests comes a day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played down the risk of war as he visited a summit of developing Muslim nations in Malaysia.

It also comes about a month after Israel's military sent warplanes over the eastern Mediterranean. U.S. officials said at the time the military exercise could possibly be a rehearsal for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

The news sparked a nearly $5 drop in oil prices in Asia after renewing fears that a conflict that could cut global oil supplies. They have rebounded slightly.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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U.S. Says Iran's Missile Test a Violation, Risks Isolation

By Catherine Dodge and Roger Runningen

July 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration said Iran's test of a long-range missile violates United Nations Security Council resolutions and may lead to further isolation from the international community.

``The Iranians should stop the development of ballistic missiles, which could be used as a delivery vehicle for a potential nuclear weapon, immediately,'' White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Toyako, Japan, where President George W. Bush was attending the Group of Eight industrial nations summit.

Iran test-fired its long-range Shahab 3 missile, capable of reaching Israel, as part of war games today, Iran's Arabic state television Al-Alam reported.

The missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles), the channel reported on its Web site. Iran also tested some shorter-range missiles.

Ali Shirazi, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said yesterday that Iran would strike Israel and the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf as a first response to any American attack on its nuclear program.

Iran and the U.S. and Europe have been at odds over Iranian efforts to enrich uranium, which can lead to the production of material for a nuclear weapon.

``They should also refrain from further missile tests if they truly seek to gain the trust of the world,'' Johndroe said.

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U.S. says Iran should stop missile tests

By Tabassum Zakaria
Reuters
Wednesday, July 9, 2008; 6:26 AM

 

TOYAKO, Japan (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday Iran should immediately halt development of ballistic missiles and stop conducting tests if it wanted to gain the trust of the world.

The comments came after Tehran test-fired nine long- and medium-range missiles, including one it previously said could reach Israel and U.S. bases in the region.

Iran should "refrain from further missile tests if they truly seek to gain the trust of the world," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Japan where U.S. President George W. Bush was attending the Group of Eight summit.

"The Iranians should stop the development of ballistic missiles, which could be used as a delivery vehicle for a potential nuclear weapon, immediately," he said.

The missile tests occurred at a time of heightened tension between Iran and Israel over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at making bombs. Iran says its nuclear program is for power generation.

News of Iran's missile test came as the G8 expressed "serious concern" over Iran's failure to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for Tehran to suspend all enrichment-related activities.

Last month, six major world powers offered a package of economic incentives to Iran if it halted nuclear activities. Tehran's formal response to that offer has not been made public.

"We call on Iran to respond to the updated incentives package in a constructive manner," the G8 statement said. "We also urge Iran to act in a more responsible and constructive manner in the region, particularly in the context of the Middle East peace process and the stability of Iraq and Afghanistan."

The White House said Iran's development of ballistic missiles was in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions but that the United States was committed to pursuing a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"President Bush and our partners in the United Nations Security Council, as well as Germany, are committed to a diplomatic path, and have offered Iran a generous package of incentives if they will suspend their uranium enrichment activities," Johndroe said.

(Editing by David Fogarty)

 

 



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