Iran Test Fires Long-Range Missile

 Iran test fired two types of long-range missiles on Monday, including the two-stage Sajil, state-run Press TV reported.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addresses a crowd during a rally to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution at Azadi Square in Tehran on Monday in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)

(CNN) — Iran test fired two types of long-range missiles on Monday, including the two-stage Sajil, state-run Press TV reported.

“We are still waiting for new reports about the missiles and whether they have hit the targets or not,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, Iran’s air force commander, said on Press TV. “These are … advanced long-range missiles and they were manufactured by the … Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

He said the launches took place Monday morning.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a series of missile exercises Sunday to promote the armed forces’ defense capabilities.

The tests, which are expected to conclude on Monday, are codenamed “Payghambar-e Azam 4″ or “The Great Prophet 4,” Press TV said.

Iran says the Shahab-3 missile, which it also launched Monday, can strike targets within a range of about 800 to 1,250 miles (1,300 to 2,000 kilometers).

The Sajil-2 missile is a solid-fuel rocket with a similar range and has been launched twice before, in May 2009 and November 2008.

If that is true, the missile brings Moscow, Athens and southern Italy within striking distance from Iran.

Iran’s testing on Sunday included the Fateh-110, a short-range ground-to-ground missile, and Tondar-69, a short-range naval missile, the station said. Several models of medium-range Shahab missiles were tested at night, Press TV reported.

In May, Iran said it tested a surface-to-surface missile that is capable of reaching parts of Europe.

At the time, a White House official said actions in Iran were noteworthy.

“Of course, this is just a test, and obviously there is much work to be done before it can be built and deployed. But I see it as a significant step forward in terms of Iran’s capacity to deliver weapons,” said Gary Samore, special assistant to the president on nonproliferation.

The tests followed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disclosure Friday that Iran was building a second uranium enrichment facility.

The United States and Israel believe that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program.

Iran has repeatedly denied the allegation.


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