U.S. Envisions Iranian ICBM Capability
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has determined that Iran's launch of
a satellite marked a major step in Teheran's aim to acquire intercontinental
ballistic missile capability.
Officials said the Iranian launch of its Omid research satellite on Feb.
2 would lead to the development of ICBMs. They said development was not
immediate, but could take place in the early part of the next decade.
"The space launch that occurred -- a space program and the technologies
associated with a space program -- are technologies that are compatible
with, commensurate with an intercontinental ballistic missile-type
capability," Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, said. "So we have to worry about the transfer of that technology or
the use of that technology for ballistic-missile-type capabilities that in
range could basically range the United States and many of the European
allies and the regional partners that we have. So you have to be concerned