Iran test fires nuke missile, says can hit Israel

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Tehran, May 21: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran on Wednesday, May 20, said that Iran test- fired a new advanced nuclear missile with a range of 1,200 miles that is far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe.

"Defence Minister (Mostafa Mohammad Najjar) has informed me that the Sajjil-2 missile, which has very advanced technology, was launched from Semnan and it landed precisely on the target,"" state radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Barack Obama declared readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iran, if it shunned US attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama said he expected a positive response to his outreach for opening a dialogue with Iran by the end of the year.

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