Iranian Missiles Could Reach Parts of Europe; FOREIGN

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Iran said it successfully test-fired a new generation of long range surface-to-surface missiles that could easily strike Israel and some parts of Europe with greater precision than earlier models.

The Sajjil was a solid fuel high-speed missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, defence minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar said on state television.

Solid-fuel missiles are more accurate than the liquid fuel missiles of similar range currently possessed by Iran. The country has had a solid-fuel missile with a shorter range - the Fateh, able to fly 120 miles - for several years.

The defence minister said the two-stage missile with two solid-fuel engines had "an extraordinary high capability" but gave no further details. He did not say whether it was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

With its range, the missile could easily strike Iran's arch-foe Israel and go as far as south-eastern Europe.

The US military and intelligence agencies observed the missile test on a range about 225 miles south east of Tehran through "national assets", a reference to classified imagery satellites and other kinds of sensors. …