Iranian missiles could target West Europe by 2014: IISS

Iran could target western Europe with missiles by 2014, experts said in a report published.

Updated: May 10, 2010, 21:05 PM IST

London: Iran could target western Europe
with missiles by 2014, experts said in a report published on Monday.

Tehran is more than a decade away from developing a
missile capable of reaching the US east coast, the
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said in a
report on Iran`s ballistic missile capabilities.

The London-based group said Iran was making "robust
strides" in developing ballistic missiles "in tandem" with its
efforts to expand its nuclear capabilities.

"The two programmes appear to be connected, with the aim
of giving Iran the capability to deliver nuclear warheads well
beyond its borders," it said.

Iran`s ballistic missiles could be used to wage a terror
campaign in the Middle East, it added, although its missiles
are at present too inaccurate to shut down another country`s
critical military activities.

While Iran has been alongside North Korea in developing
missile capabilities, Tehran has now surpassed Pyongyang in
terms of technical ability, the IISS experts said.

The United States and Europe have long accused Iran of
seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its
civilian nuclear energy programme, charges Tehran denies.

"Flight test programmes for solid-propellant missiles
historically take on average more than four years," the report

"To achieve a reasonable measure of reliability and
confidence, a dozen or more test flights should be conducted.

"Therefore, Iran is not likely to field a liquid-fuelled
missile capable of targeting western Europe before 2014 or