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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Good news: Russian military expert says Iran can 'only' threaten Europe because it doesn't have ICBM's yet

A Russian military expert says that the West would be making a mistake if it ignores the potential nuclear threat from Iran. According to the expert, Iran is working on a missile program, but because it does not have intercontinental ballistic missiles yet, it can only threaten Europe and not the United States (Hat Tip: IMRA).
"Iran is actively working on a missile development program. I won't say the Iranians will be able to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles in the near future, but they will most likely be able to threaten the whole of Europe," said Maj. Gen. Vladimir Dvorkin, head of the Moscow-based Center for Strategic Nuclear Forces.

Some Western and Russian sources claim that Iran may be currently running a program, dubbed Project Koussar, to develop a totally different missile with a range of 4,000-5,000 km (2,500-3,300 miles).

"Iran has long abandoned outdated missile technologies and is capable of producing sophisticated missile systems," Dvorkin said at a news conference in RIA Novosti.

Iran successfully launched last year an upgraded Shahab-3 ballistic missile as part of a navy exercise, dubbed Great Prophet 3, in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

With a reported range of 2,000 kilometers and armed with a 1-ton conventional warhead, the Shahab-3 puts Israel, Turkey, the Arabian peninsula, Afghanistan and Pakistan within striking distance.


Commenting on the Iranian nuclear program, Dvorkin said the potential danger of its military aspect was not the possibility of a nuclear strike against some countries, but the ability to assume a more bold approach in dealing with the international community after becoming a nuclear power.

"The real threat is that Iran, which is already ignoring all resolutions and sanctions issued by the UN Security Council, will be practically 'untouchable' after acquiring nuclear-power status, and will be able to expand its support of terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah," the expert said.

He added that the possession of nuclear weapons by Iran could force non-nuclear countries to seek similar weapons and ballistic missile technologies thus starting a nuclear race and increasing the possibility of a nuclear conflict.
Is it 3:00 am in Washington yet?


At 4:03 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

In other words, Iran is more than just the Jews' problem. It should be 3:00 am in the Western capitals!

At 4:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If iran was able to put a satellite in space doesn't that mean they can hit any country in the world?


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