"Ambiguous" Iran

Iran is emulating North Korea:

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) - Iran said Monday it was being deliberately ambiguous over its missile capability, currently a topic of intense speculation following fresh tests and the introduction of a “strategic” device.

On Saturday, Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani told state-run television that the Iranian army has taken delivery of a new "strategic missile" and that the weapon, unnamed for security reasons, was successfully tested last week.

"Mr Shamkhani intentionally spoke in an ambiguous way and we want this ambiguity to remain," government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters when asked to elaborate on what this "strategic missile" was.

It is unclear if the weapon in question is the Shahab-3 medium-range missile, acquired by the Revolutionary Guards in July last year, of which an improved version was tested in August.

Except its intentions are not blackmail and lunatic sabre-rattling in the service of autarky:

The Shahab-3 is believed to be based on a North Korean design and is thought to be capable of carrying a one-tonne warhead at least 1,300 kilometres (800 miles), well within range of Israel and US bases in the region.

During a military parade last week, Iran showed off its range of ballistic missiles draped in banners vowing to "crush America" and "wipe Israel off the map".

Remind me why were still talking about windsurfing and typewriters in the run-up to this election?

From Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch.

Posted by John-Paul Pagano at September 29, 2004 11:32 PM