Saturday, March 06, 2010

Iran developing massive launch site

From JPost, 06/03/2010:

Iran is building a new rocket launch site with North Korean assistance, Israel Radio quoted IHS Jane’s as reporting overnight Friday.

The new launcher, constructed near an existing rocket base in the Semnan province east of Teheran, is visible in satellite imagery, according to the report.

The defense intelligence group said the appearance of the launcher suggests assistance from North Korea ..."This is a major technological breakthrough and could mean that the Iranians are on their way to obtaining an ICBM," [Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies] said.

...In August 2009, President Shimon Peres told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev during a visit to Moscow “The fact that Iran is investing billions of dollars in the development of long-range missiles, in parallel to its nuclear project, is clear indication of its intent.” The president said there would be no point for any country to develop missiles capable of reaching targets so far and then loading them with conventional warheads.

...Peres likened an Iranian nuclear bomb to a “flying death camp.”
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