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IPFS News Link • Iran

Iran Successfully Tests Medium-Range Missile

•, Jason Ditz

According to US officials familiar with the situation, Iran successfully tested a Shahab-3 missile on Wednesday. The missile was fired from the country's south toward an area near the capital of Tehran, and traveled about 600 miles.

Analysts say they believe the test of the medium-range ballistic missile by Iran is intended to improve its accuracy. At the same time, some Western officials are seeing the test as a provocation.

That's because the test happened roughly in line with Britain announcing new naval operations in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz. This was a reaction to Iran seizing a British tanker last week, itself a reaction to Britain seizing an Iranian tanker on July 4.