Ahmadinejad speaks in NY.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Iran has developed a version of the Russian S-300 missile and they plan
to carry out a test-fire in the near future, the official news agency
IRNA reported on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
(version) of the S-300 system is undergoing field modification and will
be test-fired soon as other long range systems are being designed and
produced," IRNA quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian, a
commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
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Iran's strive for nuclear arms came under fire in a different light
earlier on Wednesday as two firms from Belgium, who allegedly exported
to Iran nuclear material that can be used to make weapons, are currently
being investigated, Belgium's energy ministry reported, according to an
The companies sold materials that can be used for
military or civilian means, including depleted uranium and zirconium
powder to Teheran, ministry spokeswoman Marie-Isabelle Gomez told AFP.
The energy ministry filed a complaint in 2008 against the two companies,
which officials refused to identify, Gomez said, according to the
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed Iran's nuclear activity
within a global context on Wednesday, saying that Iran is not prepared to
discuss the "nuclear issue" with world powers, during a speech in the
Iranian city of Qazvin.
According to a Press TV
report, Ahmadinejad told gathered supporters:
"Iran is ready to hold talks on equal conditions to help settle ongoing
problems, ease international concerns and establish peace and security
in the world."
He reportedly continued: "We have repeatedly said that our (nuclear) rights are not
negotiable ... We only hold talks to resolve international problems ...
to help the establishment of peace."
On Tuesday, Iran responded
to reports that it had agreed to meet with the "5+1" group later this
month by saying that it absolutely would not be discussing a nuclear