compiled by Cem Ertür
19 December 2009
1) The Guardian: Iran test-fires missile that could hit Europe (December 2009)
from the archives:
2) US official: Iranian missile Shahab-4 could hit Central Europe (July 1998)
excerpts from: US condemns Iran’s ‘provocative actions’ as regime test-fires missile that could hit Europe (*)
by Ewen MacAskill and Ian Black, Guardian, 17 December 2009
The US and its allies yesterday branded as provocative Iran’s test-firing of an upgraded version of its most advanced [ballistic] missile, one claimed to be capable of hitting parts of Europe.
The Iranian defence minister, General Ahmad Vahidi, said the Sajjil-2 missile […] would act as “a strong deterrent” against possible foreign attack. Israel has repeatedly threatened to bomb Iranian nuclear plants to prevent it acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
The launch […] follows a spate of reports, by the Guardian and the Times, suggesting that clandestine military aspects of Iran’s nuclear programme may be more advanced than was previously realised.
The missile launched yesterday, thought to be more accurate than its predecessor, the Shahab, offers Iran the prospect of creating mayhem not only by retaliating against the west’s oil lifeline in the gulf but also against Israel and targets in Europe.
(*) title of the print edition
from the archives:
excerpts from: Longer range on Iranian missile Shahab-4 could hit Central Europe
by Bill Gertz, Washington Times, 29 July 1998
Iran is working on a longer-range version of the Shahab-3 [ballistic] missile it flight-tested last week and it could be deployed in two to five years, […] Martin Indyk, assistant [US] secretary of state for Near East affairs, told reporters […]
U.S. intelligence agencies estimate that the Shahab-4 will have a range of up to 1,240 miles – enough to hit targets as far away as Central Europe.