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2008-07-10 18:00:05

IRAN test-fired nine long and medium-range missiles yesterday, during war games that officials said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any US or Israeli attack, state television reported. T he exercise was being conducted at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which about 40% of the world's oil passes. Iran has threatened to shut down traffic in the strait if attacked. Oil prices jumped on news of the missile tests, rising EUR1.80 to EUR137.84 a...

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2008-07-10 06:00:00

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Iran's missile test on Wednesday proves "there is a real threat," but he downplayed the possibility of war. "I think everybody recognizes what the consequences of any kind of a conflict would be," Gates said. The two main presidential candidates denounced the missile launches and offered differing approaches on how to deal with Iran. Democrat Barack Obama said the tests prove the need for a new foreign policy approach,...

2008-07-10 00:00:10

WASHINGTON _ Iran's test-firing of missiles Wednesday, just as it is showing more interest in dialogue about its nuclear enrichment program, highlighted the mixed messages that pose a dilemma for the U.S. as it weighs how to approach a country moving ever closer to becoming a nuclear power. In a show of strength and readiness, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard reportedly launched nine mid- to long-range ballistic missiles in the Strait of Hormuz, including one that could reach Israel and U.S....

2008-07-09 21:00:10

By ED JAMES IRAN'S president said yesterday that he does not see the possibility of a war with the United States or Israel, dismissing military threats by the two countries as a "funny joke". President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also called for confidence- building by the next US administration, saying it should make up for the "domineering hegemony" of President George Bush and rebuild America's reputation in the eyes of the world. "Today, the government of the United States is on the...

2008-07-09 21:00:04

WASHINGTON _ Iran simultaneously test-fired at least nine medium- and long-range missiles early Wednesday, a fiery warning to the United States and Israel against attacking the country over its suspected nuclear ambitions. The desert launches of the missiles, a type of which is believed capable of hitting Israel, was the latest escalation in a duel of psychological and diplomatic warfare between Iran and major world powers. "This exercise was needed to practice how to deal a quick...

2008-07-09 09:00:04

By Vijay Joshi Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he sees no possibility of a war between his country and the United States or Israel. He also predicted Israel would collapse without Iranian action. "I assure you that there won't be any war in the future," Ahmadinejad told a news conference during a visit to Malaysia for a summit of developing Muslim nations. The Israelis "are a complex political group, but you should know...

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2008-07-08 09:00:00

There has been a flurry of speculation in Washington about whether President Bush will authorize an attack on Iran's nuclear sites before his term ends. Sy Hersh has a new piece in the New Yorker detailing Bush's authorization of escalated covert ops against Iran. Israel's deputy prime minister Shaul Mofaz has warned that military action looks "unavoidable" given Iran's nuclear program. Israel recently carried out expanded air exercises over the Mediterranean. But the really interesting...

2008-07-05 18:00:03

By Elaine Sciolino Iran formally responded Friday to a proposal of incentives aimed at resolving the impasse over the country's nuclear program, European officials said. The response came in a letter signed by the Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and handed to the office of the European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, on Friday evening, said Cristina Gallach, Solana's spokeswoman. Officials declined to discuss the contents of the letter. Earlier Friday, the chief...

2008-07-03 06:00:32

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website United Nations, New York, 3 July: Iran has always been part of the solution to regional problems in the past 30 years, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday [3 July]. After the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the country has constantly tried to adopt a logical and realistic approach in dealing with regional crises and developments, Mottaki told reporters on the sidelines of an...

2008-07-02 21:00:08

WASHINGTON _ The words Wednesday from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were notable for their blunt pragmatism: an Israeli airstrike on Iran would be high risk and could destabilize the region, leading to political and economic chaos. On Iran's western border, the U.S. military is more than five years into a war in Iraq that has taken 4,113 American lives and cost U.S. taxpayers more than $600 billion. And on Iran's eastern border, American commanders are now openly...


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