(aka Sejil-2) Iran’s new MRBM and the latest complication in the brewing nuclear arms race in the Middle East:

OFRWR-IRAN-MISSILE-20090520 (source: Rueters photo)WASHINGTON (AP) – The missile test-fired by Iran is the longest-range solid-propellant missile it has launched yet, a U.S. government official said sejil-2Wednesday, raising concerns about whether the sophistication of Tehran’s missile program is increasing. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss technical details of Iran’s missile program, said Tehran has demonstrated shorter-range solid-propellant missiles in the past. Solid-propellant rockets are a concern because they can be fueled in advance and moved or hidden in silos, the official said. Liquid-propellant rockets have to be fueled and fired quickly, which makes preparations for launches easier to monitor and would allow a preemptive strike if necessary.

So this is the response to the proffered hand and talk of open dialogue -  launch of  liquid-fueled SLV that  has MR/IRBM range and capability, continued intransigence on international oversight of a “peaceful” nuclear program, and now a successful, indigenously developed (no doubt with close cooperation and sharing with North Korea) solid-fueled missile with an initially assessed 1200 nm range.

What’s next?  Undoubtedly this only raises Israel’s concern over Iran’s direction and intent where nuclear weapons are concerned and if Ahmadinejad successfully stands for re-election (he faces three other candidates and the launch comes a mere two days after the election cycle began), it is safe to say we will only see more of the same from Tehran.  Israel?  Given the action versus Iraq and the Osiraq nuclear reactor, how long before Israel decides that the only recourse is a pre-emptive strike?  As far as US actions, if there needed to be an underscore to the re-direction that US missile-defense research, development and deployment is taking towards greater regional and theater capabilities, this certainly would seem to fill the bill.

4 Comments

  1. Maggie

    Why do you make me read these things before I go to bed?

  2. You think that’s bad — you should see what my reading list looks like first thing in the morning @ work (at 0400 to boot…) :sad:
    – SJS

  3. Greatings, Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.
    Thank you
    Nadine

  4. ATA

    its very initial steps to over forcing in new war.

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