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IRAN: Tehran's unveiling of new air defense system seen as a warning to the West

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Iran unveiled a new "homemade" missile defense system on Sunday that its defense minister claims is capable of destroying "advanced airplanes flying at low and medium altitudes" in a show of force that can easily be read as a warning to Western powers seeking to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.

The Mersad air defense system was debuted days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced technological advances in nuclear fuel production that could, if implemented, greatly advance Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"The main components of this new system are detection radars, software and hardware networks, launching pads and control centers," Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi told state television. "We owe this digitally designed system to our experiences of eight-year war with Iraq."

He added that the system was also capable of "resisting electronic warfare" and that it would be handed over to Iranian armed forces by the end of this year.

According to some media reports, the system was tested Friday using a Shahin medium-range rocket. Previewing the system is being widely interpreted as a warning to Israel and the United States that Iran is prepared to defend itself against a possible Israeli air attack on its nuclear facilities should the new round of U.S.-led sanctions fail to pass or prove ineffective.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking to top military brass on Sunday, attacked President Obama over the U.S. leader's recently unveiled nuclear strategy, which did not rule out a nuclear attack on Iran.

"In recent years, the Americans did their best to make the world believe that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not come clean about its nuclear programs," Khamenei said. "Now, it is clear that the nuclear-armed governments and those who disgracefully threaten to use atomic bomb against others are unreliable. The U.S. president's remarks are scandalous."

But according to an ABC News interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Obama administration doesn't appear to be panicking over Iran's military capabilities, nuclear or otherwise.

"When it comes to Iran, we take everything they say with more than a grain of salt because we know that they have a -- a tendency to say things that may or may not be carried out, may or may not be accurate," Clinton told ABC's White House correspondent Jake Tapper Sunday. "But in fact their belligerence is helping to make our case every single day."

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Photo: Iran's attempts to beef up its missile defense system have been seen as a warning to Israel and the West. Credit: Agence France-Presse

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There is no need for Iran to take Israel tantrum seriously, they should instead talk with US, there are a lot of places in world which Iran and US can share properties and children without involving the children in their feud after 31 years of divorce, both US and Iran should get over it since it was more civilized separation compare to Vietnam bloody affair!

The USA and Israel together with the western media are using lies and propaganda to paint Ahmadinejad as a threat in order to brainwash international public opinion and justify an attack on Iran.

This is exactly what they did to Iraq.

The portrayal of Ahmadinejad wanting to wipe Israel off the map is nothing but a sick propaganda campaign to demonize him in the eyes of public opinion.

The entire world knows that it is Israel which is wiping Palestine off the map, but sadly, the so called democratic countries such as UK, USA, France, Germany etc, have kept their silence and LET the criminal leaders of Israel slaughter innocent and defenceless Palestinian women and children with inhumane weapons and get away with murder.

It's time for Irael to strike. The US will go down in flames.

How come some of the people around the missile have covered their mouth while others didn't? May be it is an odd type of uniform to distinguish the exhibitors from the visitors? May be there is some kind of hazardous fume in the 'plant' that some of the guys are resistant to.

you know when the collapsing empire is desperate. when it threatens atomic war on iran.

LET SEE:
US AND ISRAEL HAVE NUKES, BUT IRAN HAS NONE.
THERFORE, US AND ISRAEL ARE THE REAL THREAT TO THE WORLD.
BECAUSE NUKES ARE MORE LETHAL.

I choose the word CIPHER as a user name so it's up to you how you DECIPHER it! Now let's come back to the main subject (PACKAGE OF PHYSICS). Personally I don't deny that Iran is well ahead of many countries in terms of Technology, Political and Economical (SINCE THE OIL IS THE DRIVING FORCE). Therefore, we need to understand and analyze many issue before we judge. The question is that is Iran capable of defending it self against US by using in any of these three critical that I mentioned? Well, first and foremost people need to understand that Iran's nuclear ambitions are in INFANCY while US mastered all of these CATEGORIES. Now let's talk about ENRICHING URANIUM, to acquire such of thing in to the final stage you must do more scientific experiments and gain adequate knowledge. The West is trying to monitor the situation and see how far this little KID can go. I am not sure how this (WEST vs. IRAN) will end up but we (OBSERVERS) see it as OOHINTU ORGIGA KA'WEYN! Readers I would like you read the bottom link by copying and pasting.
http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/9766

I choose the word CIPHER as a user name so it's up to you how you DECIPHER it! Now let's come back to the main subject (PACKAGE OF PHYSICS). Personally I don't deny that Iran is well ahead of many countries in terms of Technology, Political and Economical (SINCE THE OIL IS THE DRIVING FORCE). Therefore, we need to understand and analyze many issue before we judge. The question is that is Iran capable of defending it self against US by using in any of these three critical that I mentioned? Well, first and foremost people need to understand that Iran's nuclear ambitions are in INFANCY while US mastered all of these CATEGORIES. Now let's talk about ENRICHING URANIUM, to acquire such of thing in to the final stage you must do more scientific experiments and gain adequate knowledge. The West is trying to monitor the situation and see how far this little KID can go. I am not sure how this (WEST vs. IRAN) will end up but we (OBSERVERS) see it as OOHINTU ORGIGA KA'WEYN! Readers I would like you read the bottom link by copying and pasting.
http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/9766

It's time for Irael to strike. The US will do nothing.


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