update: The Qeam-Qiam has probably only 125 mile distance – so it would not be a good weapon to arm with a NUKE, but a Fateh type missile, which they will be showing within a few days as well.
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Friday that Iran has test-fired a new surface-to-surface missile, the local English language satellite Press TV reported.
Iran’s new surface-to-surface missile, Qiam, has been successfully test-fired, Vahidi said in Friday prayers in Tehran.
“Being a new class of Iranian missiles, Qiam has been equipped with new technical specifications and exceptional tactical powers, ” Vahidi was quoted as saying.
One of the features of the missile is that “it does not have flippers and this provides it with higher tactical capabilities,” the minister said.
Another feature of the missile is that the possibility of being targeted by other missiles is very low, Fars news agency quoted him as saying.
Vahidi did not specify the location and the time of the test.
Vahidi’s remarks came a day before the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant operations startup.
While Russia delivers that rods and helps Iran destabilize the ME, the Iranians are wasting absolutely NO time.
The Qeam-Qiam ballistic missile is enshrouded in mystery. I have search all over the place to find some info. NOTHING!
My first question is whats it’s range?
Second is can it be fashioned with a nuclear device? What about improvised nuclear devices?
Why is this not coming up in the news? Why is this not being examined from every potential angle? What is WRONG with you people?
If the Ground Zero Mosque is “negotiated,” then that was a major distraction from this REAL, VERY REAL threat!
Iran Ready to Start Up First Nuclear Reactor:
20 August 2010
Iran is making final preparations to start up a nuclear reactor at the Bushehr facility, scheduled to begin operations Saturday.
Russia, which helped build the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, on Friday gave assurances that Tehran will not be able to use fuel intended for the plant to create nuclear weapons.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency that Russia will deliver the fuel for the reactor and will then recycle the waste in accordance with nonproliferation requirements. He gave “total 100 percent guarantees” that the use will be peaceful.
Many in the international community suspect Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, meanwhile says the country will continue to enrich uranium to use as nuclear fuel despite the Russian supply.
Salehi told the Iranian news agency IRNA that the country will need more fuel for Bushehr, as well as for future plants. He said Tehran is in the final stages of finding suitable locations for 10 new uranium enrichment facilities.
The United States, the United Nations and the European Union have imposed tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium.
In an unrelated development, The New York Times reported that U.S. officials have assured Israel that Iran would need at least one year (I have heard 6 months and less )to convert nuclear material into a weapon.
The newspaper says Obama administration officials believe the assessment dims the chance that Israel will pre-emptively strike Iran’s nuclear facilities within the next year — something that Israel has previously hinted it would consider.
Israel views a nuclear-armed Iran as a threat to its existence because of repeated calls by Iranian leaders for the demise of the Jewish state. Israel has indicated it would respond with a military strike if it believes Iran is close to attaining a nuclear weapon.
This video is scary, but the words below are very scary, indeed!
Iran reacted angrily to Washington’s role in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions. “The United States has the power to cause harm and pain,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the chief Iranian delegate to the IAEA, said, reading from a statement. “But the United States is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if that is the path that the U.S. wishes to choose, let the ball roll.”