December 8, 2007 |
Despite U.S. intelligence findings that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago, the Bush administration stepped up its efforts to portray Tehran as a threat, with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates insisting that the program could be restarted at any time. Gates told a gathering of Middle East leaders here today that the Iranian government remained a source of "instability and chaos" that was still hiding its nuclear ambitions from the international community.
June 1, 2001 |
Iran successfully tested its first solid-fuel surface-to-surface missile, state-run Tehran radio reported Thursday. The guided Fateh-110 missile was developed at the government-owned Aerospace Industries, the report said. "Fateh-110, a super-modern surface-to-surface missile, functions with combined solid fuel, is able to cause great damage and finds targets with accuracy," it said. "The missile is classified among Iran's most efficient missiles."
December 28, 2000 |
Russia's defense minister said Wednesday that his country will abide by international agreements concerning weapons sales to Iran, but he added that its stance won't preclude some arms deals, the Iranian state news agency reported. In the first visit by a Russian defense minister to Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Igor D. Sergeyev held a round of talks with Iranian military officials and said the countries' positions were close, the Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, reported.
November 15, 1998 |
Ali Shamkhani might not be Iran's top military official today if only he had liked Los Angeles a bit more in the mid-1970s. After high school, Shamkhani went to Los Angeles with his father and two brothers. His brothers stayed, one to study medicine, the other mechanical engineering, but not Shamkhani. "I didn't approve of the culture," he explained during a recent conversation in his large office in Tehran's Defense Ministry Building No. 2.
February 12, 1997 |
The Clinton administration has issued a diplomatic warning to Moscow about Russian assistance to Iran's missile program--aid that could threaten U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, several Persian Gulf allies and Israel, senior administration officials say. Intelligence reports indicate that Russia recently transferred to Iran technology for the Russian SS-4 missile, which has a range almost three times greater than that of any missile now in Iran's arsenal.
February 9, 1992 |
A bipartisan group of 17 U.S. senators has sent an unusual classified letter to Secretary of State James A. Baker III complaining about recent arms sales by China to countries such as Iran, according to U.S. and congressional sources. The letter, sent a week ago, was signed by Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) and by leading Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Intelligence committees.