Iran said it successfully completed two days of missile tests that including launching its longest-range missiles on Monday, weapons capable of carrying a warhead and striking Israel, U.S. military bases in the Middle East, and parts of Europe.
State television said the powerful Revolutionary Guard, which controls Iran’s missile program, successfully tested upgraded versions of the medium-range Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles with can fly up to 1,200 miles. It was the third and final round of missile tests in two days of drills by the Guard.
The Sajjil-2 missile is Iran’s most advanced two-stage surface-to-surface missile and is powered entirely by solid-fuel while the older Shahab-3 uses a combination of solid and liquid fuel in its most advanced form, which is also known as the Qadr-F1.
Solid fuel is seen as a technological breakthrough for any missile program as solid fuel increases the accuracy of missiles in reaching targets.
……The revelation of Iran’s previously secret nuclear site has given greater urgency to a key meeting on Thursday in Geneva between Iran and six major powers trying to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program.
And how does Dear Leader respond to Iran’s belligerence? The same way he did on Afghanistan. During the G20 press conference, he once again showed his outright cowardice on foreign policy:
Chip Reid (CBS): Thank you Mr. President, you just mentioned sanctions that have bite, what kinds of sanction, and I know you can’t get into details but what kind of sanctions at all would have bite with Iran, do you really think that any kind of sanctions would have any effect on somebody like Ahmadinejad, secondly some of your advisers today said that this announcement was a victory, do you consider it a victory and if so why didn’t you announce it earlier since you have known since you were President elect?..
Obama: “Uh, this isn’t a football game, so I’m not interested in victory, I’m interested in resolving the problem. The problem is, is that Iran repeatedly says that it’s pursuing nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes and its actions contradict its words.”
Iran’s actions contradict its words? Ya fuckin’ think, Obama? Yeah, he’ll just defer to the U.N. and they’ll make everything hunky dory with more halfhearted indignant posturing.
I can hardly wait until Israel says ‘fuck it’, and lobs some missiles of their own at Tehran.