If Iran can launch a satellite, it can deliver nukes far afield

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli expert on Tuesday warned that if news of Iran's satellite launch earlier in the day was true, it would be a very concerning development in terms of the Islamic Republic's ability to deliver non-conventional weapons.

Knesset Member Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, former head of the Israel Space Agency, told Ynet that he is not convinced Iran is telling the truth about the launch, but if they are, then Israel and its allies may have a crisis on their hands.

While some media reports speculated that the satellite would be used to spy on Israel, Ben-Israel said the type of satellite specified in the reports is really nothing to lose sleep over. That the Iranians managed to lift it into orbit on their own, however, is far more worrying.

"The use of a ballistic missile is the real threat," Ben-Israel explained. He accused Iran of using its satellite program as a cover to develop a long-range delivery system for the nuclear weapons it hopes to build in the very near future.

Ballistic missiles that are capable of putting satellites into orbit are also capable of hitting targets many thousands of miles away.

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