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Tehran missiles 'can hit Israel'

TEHRAN: Iranian missiles can now reach Israeli nuclear sites, a top Iranian military commander said yesterday.

"Today, Iran has missiles with the range of 2,000km, and based on that all Israeli land including that regime's nuclear facilities are in the range of our missile capabilities," Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said in comments carried by the ISNA news agency.

However, Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said a breakthrough was possible if negotiations were conducted on an "equal footing" and insisted on Iran's right to nuclear power.

Iran also said yesterday that its much-delayed nuclear power plant, where testing began last month, would start generating electricity by September. The 1,000MW Russian-built plant in the southern port city of Bushehr will first generate around 500MW.



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