Iran claims weapons upgrade


Iran unveiled upgrades to six weapons yesterday, including a more accurate short-range missile and a more powerful naval engine, Iranian media reported, in what seemed to be its latest response to international pressure over its nuclear programme.

The hardware was presented at a ceremony marking Defence Industry Day and attended by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and defence minister Ahmad Vahidi.

Israel has said it is considering air strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites if the Islamic Republic does not resolve western fears it is developing the means to produce atomic weapons, something the Islamic Republic denies. Iran says it could hit Israel and US bases in the region if it comes under attack. – (Reuters)