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Based on the North Korean Nodong-1 and modified with Russian technology, the Shahab-3 was first deployed to Iran's Revolutionary Guard in July 2003.
Iran insists its missiles are for defensive purposes and would be used to counter an Israeli or U.S attack against its nuclear facilities.
Originally posted by marg6043
Iran is taking advantage of the busy elections in US and also that US has its hands full with the Irqi fiasco war, and is going forward in its goals.