Iran successfully tests new missile

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 20, 2010 12:52

 Iran's defense minister says military forces have successfully test-fired a missile with enhanced guidance systems to hit ground targets.

Gen. Ahmad Vahidi did not say when or where the test was carried out.

But Vahidi's comments come a day before the startup operations at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran and could raise Western fears about another advance in Iran's missile arsenal, which already can target Israel and other parts of the region.

Vahidi told worshippers ahead of Friday prayers at Tehran University that the liquid-fueled missile — named Qiam-1 — has an improved targeting system to strike with higher precision.

Vahidi's speech was broadcast live on state radio. He did not provide further details.


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