Iran Test-Fires Short-Range Missiles

Iran launches missiles the same day it agrees to UN probe of nuke sites

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 4:53 AM PDT
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Iran said Saturday it will allow U.N. inspectors to probe its newly exposed nuclear development site, giving in to worldwide demands that the underground site's contents be revealed to the public.

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Iran said early Sunday it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during drills by the elite Revolutionary Guard, speaking the same day the country said it will allow U.N. inspectors to probe its newly exposed nuclear development site, giving in to worldwide demands that the underground site's contents be revealed to the public.

The Iranian government also said it planned to launch a long-range missile tomorrow, a warhead that is reportedly capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the region.

The uranium enrichment facility in the outskirts of the city of Qom in western Iran was publicly revealed Friday by Western intelligence officials and diplomats during a meeting of U.N. leaders. Its concealment from the Western world has indicated that Iran has something to hide, despite the country's claims to the contrary.

Iran's agreement comes the same day the U.S. said it plans to tell Tehrani officials at a Thursday meeting in Geneva alongside six major world powers that the country must provide "unfettered access" for the International Atomic Energy Agency to probe the new site.

Obama said in his weekly address Saturday he was ready to open a "serious, meaningful dialogue" about Iran's nuclear weapons program.

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