Iran Claims It Produced New Missile

TEHRAN -- Iran said Tuesday that it had manufactured a new missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East, official news agency IRNA reported.

Iran's defense minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said the Ashoura missile was produced by factories affiliated with the ministry, IRNA reported. He did not say whether Iran had test fired the missile or has plans to do so.

Ashoura means "the tenth day" in Farsi, a sacred reference among Shiite Muslims to the martyrdom of the third imam.

Analysts believe that much of Iran's military production has benefited from assistance from Russia, China and other countries, but many of their weapons-development claims have not been independently verified.

Iran launched an arms development program during its war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo.