Deputy FM says Iranian test launch should worry European countries

May 20, 2009 16:29


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"The Iranians are playing with fire," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Army Radio on Wednesday following Iran's announcement that it had successfully test-launched a ballistic missile with a reach of over 2,000 kilometers. The launch, Ayalon said, was not a source of concern for Israel, since it was already threatened by older Iranian missiles with a range of 1,500 kilometers. He stressed that the Iranian report Wednesday should now worry European countries. "We know the Iranians are developing missiles which will reach more than 10,000 kilometers," Ayalon said, alluding to a potential direct Iranian threat to the United States. Ayalon said the "Iranian clock is ticking fast and has to be stopped."

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