More saber-rattling from Tehran. From AFP, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) – Iran said Monday it was being deliberately ambiguous over its missile capability, currently a topic of intense speculation following fresh tests and the introduction of a “strategic” device.
On Saturday, Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani told state-run television that the Iranian army has taken delivery of a new “strategic missile” and that the weapon, unnamed for security reasons, was successfully tested last week.
“Mr Shamkhani intentionally spoke in an ambiguous way and we want this ambiguity to remain,” government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters when asked to elaborate on what this “strategic missile” was.
Nothing ambiguous about this, however:
During a military parade last week, Iran showed off its range of ballistic missiles draped in banners vowing to “crush America” and “wipe Israel off the map”.
“The Shahab-3 missiles, with different ranges, enables us to destroy the most distant targets,” said an official commentary accompanying the parade, which was carried live on state television.