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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Aruz Sheva 7
January 3, 2012

Iran’s supposed successful long-range missile test Monday may have been a bluff by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Below is an Iranian news video of the supposed missile launch.

“Iran does not have the technology to create intermediate or long-range inter-continental ballistic missiles, and it will not get such missiles any time soon,” Russian defense ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told the Interfax news agency.

If it was a trick by  Ahmadinejad, it wasn’t the only one his regime performed during Iran’s war games that excited the entire world. The Strait of Hormuz, which is the water passage for a  large amount of the world’ s oil and gas, was shut down for several hours because of the scheduled missile launch.

Debka reported, “For five hours Saturday, not a single warship, merchant vessel, or oil tanker ventured into the 30-mile wide Hormuz Strait, waiting to hear from Tehran that the test was over.”

Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency later said that the missile launch was postponed, despite Iran’s semi-official media excitement over the “successful” test.

Calling it a “media trick,” Debka says Iran did exactly what it threatened to do earlier in the week, and effectively shut the Strait of Hormuz as easy “as drinking a glass of water.”

Iran claimed it fired three missiles in a test Monday, one of them with a short range of approximately 20 miles and two that allegedly can reach Israeli and American bases in the region. However, the missiles’ range is only about 120 miles.

This article was posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 4:01 am

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