Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Iran: Missiles Can Now Reach 1,250 Miles

Iran has increased the range of its missiles to 1,250 miles, a senior official was quoted as saying Tuesday.

The range would puts 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. "