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Iran Says It Can Now Confront Any Invasion

PRAGUE, April 4, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Iran says it has tested a new medium-range remote-controlled surface-to-air missile.

After the test, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said Iran is now able to confront any invasion.

Iran says it has been testing new missile and torpedo technologies as part of military exercises in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, including a radar-evading rocket and a high-speed underwater missile.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on April 4 that Tehran's military policy is fundamentally defensive, stressing that Iran is "not a threat" but, rather "positive... for the security of the region."

Iran rarely gives enough details of its military hardware for analysts to determine whether Tehran is making genuine military-industrial advances. The war games come as international pressure mounts on Iran over its nuclear program.

(compiled with agency reports)

Copyright (c) 2006 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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