Iran Test-Fires Mid-Range Missile

ByPamela Geller on May 20, 2009
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Iran is firing missiles as we speak, while Obama "outstretches" his hand (in surrender). Immediate action must be taken. Obama's plan to give Iran until the end of the year is too long.

Iran is exploiting American weakness. The US position is encouraging Iran to be more aggressive. Bottom line? The US strategy has been an abject failure.

The missiles Iran fired earlier today can avoid the detection of radar and can reach Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Middle East.

Iran Claims to Have Test-Fired Mid-Range Missile

Iran's state media says the country has successfully
test launched a mid-range surface-to-surface missile that can reach
Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Middle East.  


Iranian government TV showed what it said was the test-firing of the Sejil-2, which it says has a range of 2,000 kilometers.

Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad also commented on the test-firing of the
two-stage missile during a campaign speech in the northern town of
Semnan.


The crowd of several thousand Ahmedinejad supporters cheered as the president described the launch.

He
says that Iran's Defense Minister informed him of the launch, and he
claims that the missile is able to go beyond the atmosphere before
coming back to hit its target.



Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks during his visit to Semnan, 20 May 2009
Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks during his visit to Semnan, 20 May 2009

Mr.
Ahmadinejad has inflamed tensions with the West in the past with his
threats to to wipe Israel "off the map." Israel has not ruled out
military action on Iran's nuclear facilities.

The solid-fuel surface-to-surface missile is a new version of the Sejil that Iran said it had successfully tested in November.

The United States condemned the earlier test as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Iranian
Defense Minister Mohammad Mustafa Najjar indicated to Iranian TV back
in November that the Sejil-2 missile had a range of around 2000
kilometers, which puts in striking distance of Israel.

UPDATE: FOX video (very good interview). hat tip Kim

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