Missile Launch Signals Iran's Determination

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Iran's missilie launch is raising concerns that its missile program is becoming more sophisticated.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says this missile has a range of about 1,200 miles, giving it the potential to reach Israel, southern Europe, and U.S. bases in the Mideast.

The launch came just days after President Obama said he'll seek international sanctions against Iran if the country doesn't agree to negotiate over its nuclear weapons program.

CBN News Terror Analyst Erick Stakelbeck said Iran's actions are a signal that they're not backing down.

"I don't think this is going to affect his (Obama's) moves to engage Iran. What I do think it does, is it brings it across how little time we have left. Iran is improving their nuclear capabilities every day. Time is short," Stakebeck explained.

President Obama has given Iran until the end of this year to begin negotations.    

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated that the administration opposes Iran getting a nuclear weapons capability and that it is relying for now on diplomatic pressure to stop it.

Clinton said that the U.S. goal is "to persuade the Iranian regime that they will actually be less secure if they proceed with their nuclear weapons program."

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