Is Iran trying to develop a missile that could reach the "Great Satan"?
The missile under construction at an Iranian research-and-development
facility, which was damaged by a mysterious explosion in November, was a
long-range missile prototype with a range of 6,000 miles – enough to
hit the United States, a senior Israeli official said Thursday in a speech to a defense and security forum.
At the time of the Nov. 12 explosion at a facility some 30 miles outside Tehran
Iranian officials insisted that the suspicious blast was an accident.
It occurred, they said, during experimentation on a medium-range missile
– one capable of reaching Israel
But on Thursday, Moshe Yaalon
, Israel’s vice prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, said in a speech outside Tel Aviv
that the missile under development actually had a range closer to 6,000 miles.