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IRGC missile test irks Washington

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Iran's ballistic missile testing proves the threat posed by the country is not imaginary.

"I see it as evidence that the missile threat is not an imaginary one," Rice said in response to questions about Iran test-firing Shahab-3 missiles during an IRGC maneuver on Wednesday.

In response to threats from Israel and the US, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps test-fired nine state-of-the-art long and medium-range missiles on Wednesday.

Iranian military officials, however, stated that the maneuvers were aimed at demonstrating the country's capabilities in defending its territorial integrity.

In an attempt to obtain Russia's consent on US plans to install a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, Rice said Moscow should 'look at the actual threat' that 'the Iranians are developing ever longer ranges of missiles.'

"Those who say there is no Iranian missile threat against which we should be building missile defenses ought perhaps to talk to the Iranians about their claims, even about ... the distance, the range of the missiles that they test fired," Rice said at a news conference in the Bulgarian capital.

According to a report by the New York Times, Israel staged a military maneuver in early June to prepare for a unilateral air strike on Iran's nuclear sites.

Tel Aviv has also threatened the Islamic Republic with the use of force should Tehran continue to enrich uranium.

© Press TV

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Added: Jul-10-2008 
By: aria0123
Iran, Middle East
Tags: Iran, IRGC, US, Washington
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