Iran Boasts of Missile That Can Reach Israel

Device's reported 1,200-mile range also includes US bases
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2007 2:00 PM CST
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, listens to a commander on a dignitaries podium as Iran's new Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, 3rd left, and Iran's Defense Minister Gen....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iran has developed a missile with a range of more than 1,200 miles—far enough to strike Israel and American bases in the Mideast. Tehran's announcement today that the Ashura missile is operative will heighten tensions between the US and Iran, which continues to defy Security Council demands to end its nuclear program, Bloomberg reports.

This isn't the first time the Iranian defense ministry has announced such a long-range missile. Last year the Shahab-3 missile was advertised as capable of flying 1,200 miles. That claim turned out to be an overstatement, as revealed during a military parade when an announcer gave the missile's range as just over 800 miles.