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October 22, 2004
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Iran said it had improved a missile capable of reaching Israel. Iranian officials said Wednesday the country test fired a more accurate version of its Shihab-3 missile, which independent experts believe can carry non-conventional warheads. The missile’s range also has been boosted from 815 miles to 1,250 miles, posing a threat to U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf as well as to Israel. Western intelligence sources believe that the improved Shihab-3 is in fact a Shihab-4, but that Iran decided to avoid using a new title to duck censure from European mediators trying to open its nuclear facilities to inspection.

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