Iran’s test of two short-range missiles today will send tensions between Iran and the West sky-rocketing.
Iran has also announced plans to test a longer-range missile, the Shahab 3. It has a range of about 2 thousand kilometres – potentially putting Israel and US bases in the Gulf within reach. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon said: “The change that we should see now is that the dilemma now is no longer the international community dilemma. It is up to them (the Iranians) to decide whether to stop voluntarily and willingly with their entire nuclear programme and missile testing or pay the price.” The Iranian President was given a hero’s welcome at Tehran airport. He was returning from a UN General Assembly in New York where he had been defending the construction of a second uranium enrichment plant in the country. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insists the plant, near the holy city of Qom, is being built in line with UN regulations. The west fears it will be used to produce an atomic bomb. The US and five other world powers are due to discuss the nuclear issue with Iran in Geneva next week.