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Iran test fires new missile

 An Iranian flag flutters,  in this image rleased   Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008  taken at an undisclosed location in Iran, shows a missile prior to the te...

Mideast Iran Missile Test

An Iranian flag flutters, in this image rleased Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 taken at an undisclosed location in Iran, shows a missile prior to the te...

Iran yesterday test fired a new generation of ground-to-ground missile, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the defense minister as saying.
"The defense minister's experts ... succeeded in testing a new generation of ground-to-ground missile," Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying.
State television showed footage of a missile similar in size to the medium-range Shahab 3 being fired.
"This is a two-stage missile carrying two engines with combined solid fuel," Najjar said, adding that the missile was named Sejil.
In the past, Iran has often boasted of developing new weapons systems only to be met with scepticism from Western defense analysts.
With an advertised range of 2,000 km, the Shahab-3 can reach parts of southern Europe but poses the greatest threat to points in the Middle East including Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.
"The testing of this missile has been carried out within the framework of our defensive deterrent doctrine and the Islamic republic's standard missile activities," Najjar said.
"It will not be used against any country ... and has nothing to do with the latest regional and international developments."
The name Sejil comes from a Koranic term, which means those stones thrown by God's birds at an army of elephants heading to destroy the Kaaba in what is now Saudi Arabia around 1,400 years ago.