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Iran insists testing not related to nuclear tensions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's Foreign Ministry is insisting its recent missile testing has nothing to do with the revelation that it's building a uranium enrichment site.

State TV reports Tehran successfully tested its longest-range missiles today, capable of carrying warheads and reaching up to 1,200 miles. That puts Israel, U.S. military bases and parts of Europe within reach. A top Revolutionary Guard commander tells semi-official Fars news agency that "Iranian missiles are able to target any place that threatens Iran."

But, a Foreign Ministry spokesman says the testing that started yesterday with short-range missiles isn't related to international uproar over the unfinished nuclear facility, saying it's just part of routine, long-planned military exercises.

Iran will meet Thursday in Geneva with six world powers trying to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program.


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