Iran fires 14 missiles in 2nd day of war games
Tehran, June 28, 2011
Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested 14 missiles on Tuesday, the second day of war games intended as a show of strength towards the Islamic Republic's enemies Israel and the US.
The Iranian-made surface-to-surface missiles, with a maximum range of 2,000 km, were fired simultaneously at a single target, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, emphasised Iran's preparedness to strike Israel and US interests in the event of any attack on the Islamic Republic.
'The range of our missiles has been designed based on American bases in the region as well as the Zionist regime,' Hajizadeh told the semi-official Fars news agency.
The US and Israel have said they do not rule out military strikes on Iran if diplomatic means fail to stop it developing nuclear weapons.
Tehran says its nuclear programme is geared to producing electricity, not atom bombs.
IRNA said the Guards fired nine Zelzal missiles, two Shahab-1s, two Shahab-2s and one upgraded Shahab-3 missile.
Iranian officials have previously announced that the Shahab 3 can reach targets up to 2,000 km away, putting Israel and US bases in the Gulf within reach.-Reuters