Germany urges Iran to halt "sabre rattling" after missile tests
The German government called Wednesday on Tehran to halt "all form of sabre rattling" following Iran's testing of nine missiles over the Gulf, reported dpa.
German government spokesman Thomas Steg said the tests had been noted "with concern" and drew attention to the possibility that the missiles were suitable for carrying nuclear warheads.
"The German government calls on Iran to halt all form of sabre rattling," Steg said.
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana had visited Tehran in mid June with a renewed offer from the international community intended as demonstrating good will and aimed at bridge-building, Steg said.
Tehran had now responded with "a gesture of ill will," Steg said.
The German government, which has been closely involved in the negotiations with Tehran aimed at halting Iran's uranium enrichment programme, was still aiming at a negotiated solution to the crisis. Steg said.
But he called on Tehran to do something actively to enhance confidence and to avoid all escalation.
Iran's Fars news agency reported the tests earlier Wednesday
"We fired the missiles to show a part of our national defence capability to those who recently threatened Iran," said General Hossein Salami, commander of the air wing of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards.
Among the missiles was an upgraded version of the Shahab-3, which reportedly has a range of up to 2,000 kilometres and is capable of hitting targets in Israel.