Russia says Iran has no long-range missiles

Iran has no long-range missiles, a Russian defence official said on Tuesday, in Moscow`s first response to a series of tests conducted by Tehran.

Updated: Jan 03, 2012, 16:13 PM IST

Moscow: Iran has no long-range missiles, a Russian defence official said on Tuesday, in Moscow`s first response to a series of tests conducted by Tehran near the vital Strait of Hormuz oil supply route.
"Iran does not have the technology to create intermediate
or long-range inter-continental ballistic missiles," defence
ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told the Interfax news agency.

"And it will not get such missiles any time soon," he
added.

Iran reported testing three missiles close to the Gulf
oil-transit waterway yesterday amid preparations by Western
powers to impose more economic sanctions over Tehran`s nuclear
drive.

Two of the missiles can fly a maximum 200 kilometres,
generally considered short-range weapons, although the Iranian
media and a navy spokesman described one of them as
"long-range".

The other, a Nasr anti-ship missile, had a shorter range
of 35 kilometres.
Russia has relatively close ties with Iran and built its
first nuclear power station in the southern city of Bushehr.
Moscow has also delivered the nuclear fuel for the reactor.

Moscow has echoed Western concerns about the nature of the
Iranian nuclear programme but has stopped short of publicly
accusing Tehran of seeking atomic weapons and always said that
the standoff should be solved by diplomacy.

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