Gates: Iran missile test successful

May 20, 2009 10:49:27 AM PDT
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has confirmed that Iran conducted a successful ballistic missile test. U.S. officials had said as much earlier Wednesday, but without putting their names to the information. Gates was asked about the reports during congressional testimony.

He said that the successful test involved a missile with a range of approximately 2,000 to 2,500 kilometers. He said that because of chronic engine problems, the range is probably on the lower end of that scale.

Gates says he can't say whether the test missile hit its intended target.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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