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Iran denies claim its missiles can hit anywhere in world

RIA Novosti

06/02/2009 16:16 MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti) - Iran has no missiles capable of striking any part of the world, the Islamic republic's ambassador to Russia said on Friday.

The head of Russia's RSC Energia space corporation told a news conference on Thursday that Iranian missiles could "reach any point on earth."

"Any claims to this effect are untrue. Our missiles have a very limited range," Mahmoud Reza Sajadi said at a news conference hosted by RIA Novosti.

He said Iran's efforts in the rocket sphere "are aimed at space research."

Iran put its first communications satellite, Omid (Hope), into a low Earth orbit on Monday.

The United States, France, Israel and Britain have already expressed concern over the launch. They have said that Tehran may be developing long-range ballistic missile technology that could be used to launch nuclear weapons. Iran insists that its space program is of an entirely peaceful nature.

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