Iran Tests New Missile for Peaceful Purposes
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran added a “strategic missile” to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to confront any external threat.
The report by state-run radio did not say whether the test involved the previously announced new version of the Shahab-3 rocket, capable of reaching Israel and U.S. forces stationed in the Middle East, or a different missile.
“This strategic missile was successfully test-fired during military exercises by the Revolutionary Guards and delivered to the armed forces,” Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying.
The exercises were held Sept. 12-18.
Shamkhani refused to give details about the missile for “security reasons,” but he said Iran was “ready to confront all regional and extra-regional threats,” according to the radio.