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Iran’s Defense Minister Denies Reports on Missile Test

10 May 2016 7:10


Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan denied earlier media reports on recent test-firing of a 2000km range ballistic missile.

“We had no missile test with a range published in media,” the Iranian defense minister said on the sidelines of a ceremony in Tehran Monday.

Earlier today, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi announced that Iran has test-fired a high precision ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and pinpoint accuracy of 8 meters.

“Two weeks ago, we test-fired a missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and a margin of error of eight meters,” Abdollahi said in a scientific conference in Tehran on Monday, adding that the margin means that the missile enjoys zero error.

The commander had refused to provide further details of the missile or its name.

The defense minister Dehqan, however, said that Iran has never stopped undertaking defensive measures including missile tests.

“We have never pursued an invasive view and what we are doing is [based on] upgrading our country’s defensive capability,” Dehqan underscored.

He stressed that Iran’s military doctrine is defensive and is aimed at ensuring the country’s security.

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