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Iran unveils long-range drone

  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards unveiled a long-range drone capable of reaching most of the Middle East, state television reported on Tuesday.

    The reconnaissance drone named Shahed 129 has a range of 1,240 miles and is capable of carrying bombs and missiles. No further details were given.

    Arch enemy Israel has threatened action against Iran's nuclear sites, spurring speculation of a military strike ahead of the U.S. presidential elections in November.

    The head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace arm Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted on Sunday as saying Iran may launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel if it was certain the Jewish state was to attack.

    His comments precede those made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking in New York on Monday, when he stated Israel had no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated".

    Israel has criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's position on international sanctions on Iran and that diplomacy should be given more time to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    Iran has repeatedly maintained its nuclear program is solely for civilian purposes and aimed at generating electricity.