WASHINGTON, May 20 (KUNA) -- US Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed to
lawmakers on Wednesday reports that Iran conducted a successful medium-range
ballistic missile test.
Gates confirmed at the House Appropriations Committee hearing that Iran
test-fired a new advanced missile, with a range of up to 1,200 miles. However,
given problems with its engine, Gates said the range is likely to be lower.
"The information that I have read indicates that it was a successful flight
test," Gates confirmed at the House Appropriations Committee hearing, adding
that Irans test-fire of the new advanced missile has a range of roughly
"Because of some of the problems theyve had with their engines we think at
this stage of the testing, it's probably closer to the lower end of that range,
" Gates said he did not have information on whether the missile hit its
Appearing on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to
comment specifically on the missile report, but issued a general warning that
a nuclear armed Iran would "spark an arms race" in the Middle East.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said report raised President Barack
Obamas concern about Irans missile development program and held "the strong
belief that the pursuit of those programs does not strengthen the security of
Iran but instead make them less safe". (end)
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