Iran Test-Fires Long Range Missile

Posted: December 16, 2009 in Uncategorized





Alex Watts, Sky News Online

Iran has successfully test-fired a long range, improved Sejil 2 missile, the country’s state television has reported.

The move is likely to increase tensions with the West over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

The missile can reportedly hit targets 1,250 miles away – putting it in reach of Israel as well as US bases in the Gulf, and south-east Europe.

Gordon Brown immediately condemned the missile test and warned Iran it faced tougher sanctions.

The Prime Minister discussed the development when he met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at climate change talks in Copenhagen.

He said: “This is a matter of serious concern to the international community and it does make the case for us moving further on sanctions.

“We will treat this with the seriousness it deserves.”

Neither Israel nor the US have ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the row over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to retaliate in the event of any attack.


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