The official IRNA news agency said the test was conducted Wednesday and television showed the missile being fired Wednesday, Nov 12 from a launching pad in a desert region. "This missile is a two-stage weapon with two combined solid-fuel engines and has an extraordinary high capability,'' the television quote Najjar as saying. He didn't elaborate.
Najjar said the missile was a defensive weapon and not a response to threats against Iran. He didn't name any country but Israel has recently threatened to take military action against Iran to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.
"This missile test was conducted within the framework of a defensive, deterrent strategy ... and specifically with defensive objectives,'' Najjar added.
Iran is known to possess a medium-range ballistic missile known as the Shahab-3, which means shooting star'' in Farsi, with a range of at least 800 miles (1,300 kilometers ). In 2005, Iranian officials said they had improved the range of the Shahab-3 to 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers).
Iran's Shahab-3 missile has been known to use liquid fuel. Missiles using liquid fuel have are less accurate.