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Iran claims to have test-fired new missile

IRAN has test-fired a new long-range missile, the country's state Press TV reported yesterday.

"Iran test fires new long range missile," Press TV, Iran's English-language television station, said in a scrolling headline without giving details.

The Press TV report came less than a week after a top Iranian military commander said that Iranian missiles could now reach Israeli nuclear sites.

Israel has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to end the row over Iran's nuclear aims, echoing US policy, though US President Barack Obama has also offered to engage Iran in direct talks if it "unclenches its fist."

Iran has often said it has missiles able to reach the Jewish state but had not previously mentioned such specific targets. Israel is believed to be the only nuclear-armed Middle East state.

Israeli officials said yesterday the country's head of military intelligence believes Iran is now capable of producing nuclear weapons.

Israel has long identified a nuclear Iran as the biggest threat to the Jewish state, while Iran insisted the nuclear program is for electricity purpose only.


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