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Israel Test-Fires Missile That Could Hit Iran


Defense Minister Ehud Barak hailed the missile test as a breakthrough.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak hailed the missile test as a breakthrough.

Israel has test-fired a missile said to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran.

The Defense Ministry announced the test, but declined to elaborate on the system tested.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak hailed the missile test as a breakthrough, saying it was "an important step in Israel's rocket and space progress."

Israel Radio's military affairs correspondent said a "ballistic missile" had been launched -- a term that generally applies to long-range missiles for delivering warheads.

The test-firing comes two days after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned of a "direct and heavy threat" posed to Israel by Iran's nuclear program.

compiled from agency reports

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