Iran tested nuclear capable missiles: Britain

Iran tested nuclear capable missiles: Britain

British Foreign Secretary's comments came a day after Iran said its Revolutionary Guards had fired 14 missiles in a military exercise, one of them a medium-range weapon capable of striking Israel or US targets in the Gulf.

"Iran has also been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of UN resolution 1929," Hague told lawmakers.

Yesterday Iranian state media said the Revolutionary Guards fired nine Zelzal missiles, two Shahab-1s, two Shahab-2s and a single medium-range Ghadr on the second day of their Great Prophet-6 exercise.

Hague told Parliament the covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches contravened a UN resolution, local British media reports said.

The Iranians openly test-fired 14 surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 2,000 km yesterday day as part of a 10-day programme of military exercises.

But Britain believes Iran has also conducted at least three secret tests of medium-range ballistic missiles since October.

The United States, Britain and other Western nations have long believed Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at developing atomic weapons - but this is rejected by Tehran.

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