July 9, 2008
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iran test-fired a long-range missile on Wednesday in response to what it says are threats from Israel and the United States, Iranian officials said.
“We want to tell the world that those who conduct their foreign policy by using the language of threat against Iran have to know that our finger is always on the trigger and we have hundreds and even thousands of missiles ready to be fired against predetermined targets,” Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guard ground forces, said on state TV.
“We will chase the enemies on the ground and in the sky and we are able react strongly to enemy’s threats in shortest possible time.”
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps test-fired a Shahab-3 missile and several other missiles during war games in the Persian Gulf called the Great Prophet III, according to Iran’s state-run media and a U.S. military source.
William Burns, a senior U.S. State Department official, said Iran is “as serious … a problem as any we face today.”
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