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Iran Tests Surface-To-Air Missile Near Atomic Site

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps successfully test-fired a surface-to-air missile near its Khandab nuclear site, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said today.

The test “was aimed at assessing the level of readiness of missiles stationed in the vicinity of the nation’s sensitive and vital sites,” Abolfazl Farmahini, an operations commander at the Khatamal-Anbiya air base, was cited as saying by IRNA, which didn’t provide details of the nuclear facility or the missile.

Diplomats from Iran will meet with delegations from China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K and the U.S. for talks to resolve international over the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear program. The talks are for Jan. 21 and 22 in Istanbul.

Iran is under four sets of United Nations sanctions for refusing to halt its atomic activities, which the U.S. and its allies say may be part of a weapons program. Iran says the program is purely civilian and designed to generate power.

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