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Iran Says Shahab-3 Missile Entirely Iranian, Production Ongoing

Fully built in our own backyard says Iran.
Tehran (AFP) May 05, 2005
Iran said Thursday its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missiles was entirely comprised of locally-made parts and that production was continuing.

"The Shahab-3 missile is entirely Iranian and has been designed by the domestic specialists," Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying by state television.

Production "is continuing", the report added.

Iran has recently upgraded the Shahab-3 ballistic missile, believed to be based on a North Korean design, to have a range of at least 2,000 kilometres (about 1,200 miles) -- leaving arch-enemy Israel and US bases in the region well within range.

Tehran's steady progress on its ballistic missile programme is a major cause for concern among the international community, particularly Israel, which is already alarmed over Iran's nuclear activities.

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Britain Rules Out Strikes On Iran
London (UPI) Apr 27, 2005
Britain said Wednesday it will not support any U.S. military action against Iran, signaling London preferred to diplomatically deal with Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.



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