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Aviation Week and Space Technology is worried that the "30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep's clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies" as Iran readies a space launch.
Iran has converted its most powerful ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep's clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue. ...
U.S. agencies believe the launcher to be a derivation of the 800-1,000-mi. range Shahab 3 missile. A Shahab 3 fired from central Iran could strike anywhere in Israel, Saudi Arabia, the entire Persian Gulf region and as far west as southern Turkey.
There are concerns in the West that space launch upgrades, however, could eventually create an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of nearly 2,500 mi., giving Tehran the ability to strike as far as central Europe, well into Russia and even China and India.
Since an Iranian ballistic launcher which can reach into central Europe may not be far away, then from a certain point of view this is yet another reason why America should hasten to engage Iran and get into its good graces. If you disagree with this argument then why? Is something wrong with the facts or something infirm with the logic?