New Photos Reveal Secret Iran Missile Site

Tehran 5 years from long-range weapon, spy pics suggest
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 1:24 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during a ceremony marking " Nuclear Technology National Day" in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 8, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New satellite photographs reveal Iran's hastened production of long-range missiles, the Times of London reports, and in a previously unknown site capable of hitting Europe. Experts say an increasingly fractious Tehran looks to be about five years away from developing a ballistic missile—in line with the recent American intelligence estimate.

In February, UN weapons inspectors confronted Tehran with evidence of design studies for a nuclear warhead, but the Iranians insisted that the rocket in question was part of a civilian space program. The new photographs contradict that claim: a production and testing facility for missiles stands right next to the rocket's launch site.