Iran Tests Missile, Raising Nuclear Fears

Iran announced Monday that it has test-fired a long-range missile, issuing a stern warning to the U.S. and Israel that it could retaliate if attacked. "We have test fired a long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (capable), which managed to successfully destroy predetermined targets in the Gulf," a naval officer told Iran's official news agency. As concerns grow that Iran's nuclear program aims to produce atomic bombs, the European Union is mulling sanctions on imports of Iranian crude much like those the U.S. has enacted — a possibility that prompted Iran to threaten last week to block the vital oil trade passage the Strait of Hormuz. The Monday announcement came after Iran said it has manufactured its first nuclear fuel rods on its own because international sanctions banned Tehran from buying them on international markets.

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