Iran tests two long range missiles as Obama administration considers a wide range of sanctions

September 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — As anticipated, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards test-fired some of the longest range missiles in its arsenal, on the second day of military exercises designed to show off the Islamic Republic’s defense capabilities. The Shahab-3 and Sajjil solid fuel-powered rockets were both successfully tested, which are believed to have ranges of up to 2,000km (1,240 miles), reports said. The surface-to-surface Sajjil is a new, two-stage missile using solid fuel, which is considered to give a more accurate delivery than liquid fuel rockets and offers the potential for longer ranges. As things stand the missiles’ range could potentially reach Israel and US bases in the Gulf, analysts say.
The war games and the revelation that Iran is building a second uranium enrichment plant have added a sense of urgency to this week’s international talks on Tehran’s nuclear program. If this week’s nuclear talks with Iran don’t go well, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on CNN today that the U.S. may begin to impose “severe” economic sanctions on the country. The push for new sanctions comes just four days between a face-to-face meeting between the United States and Iran, in which the U.S. is expected to demand blueprints to the newly discovered nuclear site. In light of Iran’s newly discovered nuclear capabilities. The Obama administration is considering a wide range of sanctions against Iran as punishment for its nuclear program, according to The New York Times. Options include cutting off investments to Iran’s oil and gas industry, the blacklisting of more Iranian banks, and the targeting of energy equipment and technology.

Photo: Mehr News Agency


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