September 27, 2009 21:17
Iranian media say the Islamic Republic has tested short-range missiles and plans to test a long-range weapon believed to be capable of reaching Israel. State television says the elite Revolutionary Guard also tested a multiple missile launcher Sunday at the start of their regular war games. The long-range missile test is scheduled for Monday.
The military exercises are happening as tension is rising between Iran and Western nations over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
Iran revealed this past week that it is building a second uranium enrichment plant, despite the United Nations' demands that it stop processing material used in nuclear bombs.
A senior U.S. official says the Obama administration plans to tell Iran this week that it must open up the facility, turn over documents and provide access to key players in Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, has told Iranian state television inspectors will be allowed to visit the site near the Shi'ite holy city of Qom. Iranian officials will discuss their nuclear program in Geneva Thursday with diplomats from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
The U.S. and its allies have accused Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, a claim Tehran denies.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.
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