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"Signs that Russia on Board with the West on Iran?"
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Russia will sell SAMs to Iran
Russia to sell 29 air defense systems to Iran
Russians help Iran with missile threat to Europe
Iran and Russia sign $1 bln defense deal: reports
Iranian "Shahab-3" missile
Red China is also very deeply involved in advanced missile systems to Iran.
AUGUST 11, 2004
Iran Tests Missile Capable of Hitting Israel, By Paul Hughes
TEHRAN (Reuters - 11 August) - Iran's defense ministry said on Wednesday it had carried out a field test of the latest version of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile which defense experts say can reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf.
Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said last week Iran was working on improvements to the range and accuracy of the Shahab-3 in response to Israel's moves to boost its anti-missile capability.
A defense ministry spokesman confirmed a state television report that the test was carried out "to assess the latest developments implemented on this missile." He declined to give any further details.
Iran says its missile program is purely for deterrent purposes. Tehran also denies U.S. and Israeli accusations that it is seeking to develop nuclear warheads which could be delivered by the Shahab-3.
Based on the North Korean Nodong-1 and modified with Russian technology, the Shahab-3 is thought to have a range of 810 miles which would allow it to strike anywhere in Israel. Shahab means meteor in Persian.
Amid media speculation that Israel may try to halt Iran's nuclear program by carrying out air strikes on some atomic facilities in Iran, Iranian officials have said Tehran would retaliate promptly and strongly to any such attack.
"If Israel behaves like a lunatic and attacks the Iranian nation's interests, we will come down on their heads like a mallet and break their bones," the ISNA students news agency quoted Revolutionary Guards Commander Yahya Rahim Safavi as saying on Wednesday.
Israeli nuclear munitions within Iran's missile range: commander
AUGUST 17, 2004
US: Iran Says Can Make Uranium for Nuke in a Year
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hawkish U.S. official
said on Tuesday that Iran has warned it could make
enough bomb-grade material in a year to produce a
nuclear weapon, a threat that may boost a U.S.
push to report Tehran to the United Nations.
...U.S. Under Secretary of State John Bolton said
Iran had sought in negotiations with European
powers to pressure them to ease their opposition
to its suspected weapons programs.
``They've told the EU threethat they could
produce, they could enrich enough uranium for a
nuclear weapon within a year and they could
produce nuclear weapons within the range of our
own assessment, which is a way of threatening the
Europeans to get them to back down,'' the senior
official said at a Washington think tank session
U.S. officials with access to intelligence
estimates say Iran can achieve a bomb in three to
five years and the United States believes that
would be a danger in the Middle East, notably to
its close ally Israel.
AUGUST 23, 2004
China breaks vow on halting arms transfers
By Bill Gertz, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A Chinese company recently supplied missile-related
technology to Iran in violation of Beijing's promises to
curb arms-proliferation activities, U.S. intelligence
.... The missile-related transfers, which in the past have
included materials used in making missile shells and
missile-guidance systems, took place after China's
government issued a report in December pledging not to
transfer weapons of mass destruction and missile-delivery
... "Chinese entities continue to assist Iran with dual-use
missile-related items, raw materials and chemical
weapons-related production equipment and technology," the
report said, quoting a recent CIA report.
The U.S. report includes a chart showing Chinese
companies have sold CSS-8 and DF-15 ballistic missiles to
Iran, along with cruise missiles identified as HY-1, HY-2
Silkworm, C-201, C-601, C-801 and C-802.
The report says China also is suspected of assisting
Iran with the medium-range Shahab-3 missile, which was
recently tested by the Iranians.
Other Chinese assistance to the Iranian missile
programs has included support for indigenous Iranian
missiles, propellant and chemicals used in making missile
fuel, missile-guidance kits, gyroscopes, accelerometers and