Iran confirms it carried out successful test of long-range missile
Iran has conducted a final test of its Shihab-3 ballistic missile, the Iranian foreign ministry confirmed Monday, noting that Israel was now within range of the Islamic Republic's armed forces.
"The test took place several weeks ago. The range of the missile is what we declared before," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said, adding the test was the final one before the missile was handed over for operation by the country's army.
According to AFP, Iranian officials have previously stated the missile had a range of 1300km.
Asefi was reacting to a report in the Israeli Haaretz daily on Friday which said Iran had conducted the test just over a week ago and was now capable of hitting Tel Aviv.
"This is nothing new,"' Asefi said. "Apparently the Israelis are a bit late with their information." (Albawaba.com)
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