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Iran tests new missiles in war games.

Iran tests short-range missiles amid nuclear tension.

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(CNN)Iran tested a missile-launching system and two types of missiles Sunday, the state-run Press TV said. The missile tests come amid tension over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.
The missiles, fired at targets around the country Sunday, included the Fateh-110, a short-range ground-to-ground missile, and Tondar-69, a short-range naval missile, the station said. Iran plans to test the long-range Shahab missile on Monday.
The tests, which are expected to go on for the next 10 to 11 days, are codenamed «Payghambar-e Azam 4» or «The Great Messenger 4,» Press TV said.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had said it would stage missile exercises to promote the armed forces’ defense capabilities.
The tests come after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disclosure Friday that Iran was building a second uranium enrichment facility.
The United States and Israel believe that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program. Iran has denied the allegation.
In May, Iran said it tested a surface-to-surface missile that is capable of reaching parts of Europe.

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Iran Test Fires 2 Short-Range Missiles.

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Iran said it successfully test fired two short-range missiles during drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the U.S. and its allies condemned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility that was being constructed secretly.
English-language Press TV reported that the solid-fuel Fateh-110, Tondar-69 and Zelzal missiles were test fired, but did not give specifics on range or other details. Both are short-range, surface-to-surface missiles.
Gen. Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guard Air Force, told reporters Iran tested for the first time a multiple missile launcher. Press TV showed pictures of at least two missiles being fired simultaneously and said they were from the latest drill.
Salami said the missile tests and military drills were meant to show Iran’s strong resolve to defend its national values. The Revolutionary Guard controls Iran’s missile program.
Reuters reported state radio as also saying Sunday that Tehran would test-fire a missile Monday capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf region.
The tests came two days after Western intelligence officials and diplomats disclosed that Iran had been secretly developing a previously unknown underground uranium enrichment facility. The site in the arid mountains near the holy city of Qom is believed to be inside a heavily guarded, underground facility belonging to the Revolutionary Guard, according to a document sent by President Barack Obama’s administration to lawmakers.
After strong condemnations from the U.S. and its allies, and a demand to open the site to international scrutiny, Iran said Saturday it will allow U.N. nuclear inspectors to examine the site.
Reuters reported Iran’s ambassador to the U.N.’s nuclear agency watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, as saying Sunday that «fabricated Western clamor» over the facility would, however, negatively affect its talks with world powers.
Nuclear experts said the details that have emerged about the site and the fact it was being developed secretly are strong indications that Iran’s nuclear program is not only for peaceful purposes, as the country has long maintained.
Iran has had the solid-fuel Fateh missile, with a range of 120 miles, for several years. It also has the solid-fueled, Chinese-made CSS 8, also called the Tondar 69, according to the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a private group that seeks to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The Tondar has a range of about 93 miles.
Iran has previously tested the Zelzal missile, versions of which have a range of 130-185 miles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Senators Call for More Economic Sanctions on Iran, Remain Skeptical of Diplomatic Talks.

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Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., reinforced the call for tough economic sanctions against Iran on Sunday the same day the country test-fired two short-range missiles and two days after learning of its secret, underground nuclear facility.
The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Sunday called the revelation of Iran’s secret uranium enrichment facility a «poke in the eye» to those who believe diplomatic efforts will lead to the country’s nuclear disarmament.

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., reinforced the call for tough economic sanctions against Iran on the same day the country test-fired two short-range missiles and two days after learning of its secret, underground nuclear facility.

In an interview with «FOX News Sunday,» Bond said Iran’s track record of «lies» undermines any possible negotiations made during upcoming nuclear talks with U.S. officials.

«I think, as the ‘Show Me State’ senator, they’ve shown us enough, much of it through speeches by Ahmadinejad saying, ‘We’re going to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth,'» Bond said.  «He has launched the missiles to show that they are taking seriously their threat.»

After claiming to successfully test-fire two short-range missiles during drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran reportedly said it will test-fire a missile on Monday that could have the capability to hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf region.

The drills are a show of force days after the U.S. and its allies condemned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility.

Iranian diplomats have agreed to nuke talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council  the U.S., Britain, Russia, China and France — and Germany on Oct. 1 in Geneva, but U.S. lawmakers say Iran’s actions cast doubt on the effectiveness of such diplomatic efforts.

«This is the moment of decision for Iran,» said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

«Iran can either make itself a pariah or it can recognize it has much more to gain by eliminating any potential military aspects of a nuclear program,» she told FOX News Sunday.

Both Feinstein and Bond echoed Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ pessimism over a U.S.-led military strike on Iran.

Gates said in an interview Sunday with CNN’s «State of the Union» that «the reality is, there is no military option that does anything more than buy time.»

«The Iranians are in a very bad spot now because of this deception, in terms of all of the great powers. And there obviously is the opportunity for severe additional sanctions,» he said.

Feinstein agreed, saying the country’s nuclear plants are «in several different places,» and a U.S. strike would require ground operations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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