MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) - Iran has successfully test fired a new surface-to-surface missile, the Fars news agency said Wednesday.
"The missile test launch is within the framework of defense strategy and conventional missile activities of Iran, it is merely intended for defense purposes and strengthening peace and stability in the region," Fars quoted Defense Minister Brigadier General Mustafa Mohammad Najjar as saying.
"It will not be used against any country," he said.
Najjar said the Sajjil missile's range is about 2,000 km (1,200 miles). He said the two-stage missile burns solid fuel.
Experts say the use of a new solid-fuel missile, significantly increases Iran's military potential, as previously the country mainly used liquid-fuel missiles, which took longer to launch.