DUBAI, Sept 25 Iran's Revolutionary Guards
unveiled a home-built long-range drone capable of reaching most
of the Middle East, including the Islamic state's arch-foe
Israel, state television reported on Tuesday.
The reconnaissance drone named Shahed 129 has a range of
2,000 km (1,240 miles) and is capable of carrying bombs and
missiles, state television said. It gave no further details.
Israel has threatened action against Iran's nuclear sites,
raising speculation about a possible military strike ahead of
the U.S. presidential election in November.
Israel has criticised U.S. President Barack Obama's position
that international sanctions on Iran and diplomacy should be
given more time to stop Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons, saying its atomic
activity is peaceful, aimed at generating electricity.
The head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace arm Amir Ali
Hajizadeh was quoted on Sunday as saying Iran might launch a
pre-emptive strike on Israel if it was sure the Jewish state was
about to attack.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking in New York
on Monday, said Israel had no roots in the Middle East and would
Iran has in recent days announced defence and engineering
developments, including a domestically made anti-aircraft
system, but some analysts are sceptical as to the reliability of
Israel bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and launched
a similar strike against Syria in 2007. Israel is believed to
have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, although it refuses
to disclose any capability.