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Iran test fires 1,300km range missiles

Surface-to-surface missiles could potentially reach US military bases in region and Israel

Iran test fires 1,300km range missiles
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
has test fired ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel and US military bases in the region as part of war
games intended to demonstrate its ability to retaliate if attacked.

The tests, aimed at a mock
target in the Kavir Desert, “demonstrate the Iranian nation’s political resolve
to defend [its] vital values and national interests,” deputy commander of
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, told
Iran’s Press TV.

The surface-to-surface
missiles successfully hit their targets with ranges of 300, 500, 800, and
1,300-km.

Iran has tested a variety of
missiles in previous war games.

The launch of the missiles
Tuesday coincided with the day experts from Iran and six world powers are due
to meet in Istanbul to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which aims to
determine whether there is enough common ground to return to full-fledged
talks, follows three rounds of talks that have failed to produce a
breakthrough.

The US and the EU have
imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran to pressure it to give up its
uranium enrichment programme. The US and others believe Iran is looking to build
nuclear weapons but Iran says the programme is for civilian purposes such as
producing energy.