Iran said Wednesday it had successfully tested a missile with a range that defense analysts say could reach parts of Europe.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the test on the same day campaigning for the June 12 presidential election. The United States confirmed that the missile test with an approximate range of 2,000 km was successful.
If anyone had any doubt, it is now clear that the Iranians are playing with fire, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon said Wednesday in an interview.
We know that the Iranians are developing capabilities of thousands of kilometers, that could reach the coasts of the Unite States…the Iranian clock is ticking fast and it must be stopped, he said.
The Sajil-2 is a new generation of surface-to-surface Iranian-made missiles.
Regardless of the success of the test, this missile places Iran in the realm of multiple-stage missiles, which means that they are on the way to having intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, said Uzi Rubin, the former director of Israel's Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told news Agency that Sajil missiles are powered by solid fuel, which uses smaller containers and helps the rockets travel longer distances.
The United States and its rallies suspect the Islamic Republic is seeking to build nuclear bombs but Iran denies that charge.
Our concerns are obviously based on their nuclear ambitions and the implications that long and medium-range missiles. Iran is at a bit of a crossroads. They have choice to make, said Bryan Whitman, Pentagon spokesman.
The test should be more of a concern to Europe than to Israel, since previous missiles tested by Iran could already reach the Jewish state, an Israeli official said.