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Iran carries out secret nuclear missile tests

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nuclear-missileIRAN has carried out secret tests of nuclear missiles.

 

The covert ballistic missile tests launched weapons capable of carrying a nuclear payload and hitting Israel or the Gulf states.

The alarming claim was made by British Foreign Secretary William Hague today and comes as the Iranian regime mounts a visible show of its military technology with 10 days of missile tests.

Mr Hague told the British House of Commons: “Iran has been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload.”

He added that the nuclear tests were carried out in secret - separately from the current, publicly declared tests.

They were in clear contravention of United Nations Security Council resolutions forbidding Iran from developing a military nuclear programme, he added.

Britain had reported the tests to the United Nations, but had not previously made them public.

Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has suggested that Iran could be in possession of a viable nuclear weapon as soon as next year, although most experts believe it could take longer.

Mr Hague's claim will fuel speculation that Tehran is stepping up its nuclear weapons programme amid growing concern about the so-called "Arab Spring" which is challenging authoritarian regimes across the Middle East. So far, the Iranian regime has suppressed pro-democracy protests at home.
 
Although a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry said: “None of the missiles tested by Iran is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.”
 
Saudi Arabia has threatened to build nuclear weapons if it is established that Iran is close to developing them.
 
Prince Turki al-Faisal, a member of the ruling royal family and senior diplomat, warned that Iran developing nuclear weapon capability "would compel Saudi Arabia … to pursue policies which could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences".


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