RUSSIA: IRAN NOT CAPABLE OF DEVELOPING INTERCONTINENTAL MISSILES

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Moscow – Iran is not in possession of the necessary  technology to build intercontinental missiles, its strategic partner  Russia said Tuesday, following conflicting reports that Tehran had  tested long- or medium-range missiles. 

Iranian technology was ‘not even (sufficient) for prototypes,’  Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told Interfax news  agency. 

Even if Tehran were constructing medium- or long-range missiles,  these would not be combat-ready anytime soon, Koval added. 

On Monday, Tehran conducted successful tests of missiles that some  local media referred to as having long-range and medium-range  capabilities – definitions that apply beyond a reach of 3,500  kilometres. 

However, the Qader missile, one of three tested Monday, has a  standard range of 200 kilometres. The tests were also scheduled to  include the short-range Nassr missile and the Noor ground-to-ground  missile. 

The tests came amid heightened tensions between Iran and the  United States, after earlier threats that Tehran might block access  to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route. 

Russia recently constructed Iran’s first nuclear fuel reactor and  struck a new oil deal with Tehran, despite international sanctions  against Iran’s petroleum industry.

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