Iranian ICBM Threat to United States a Distant Prospect, Think Tank Says

November 14, 2013


United Press International

Iran is highly unlikely to be able to deploy an operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) within the next decade, according to a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). To build an ICBM, Iran could first develop an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) based on its Sejjil-2, a two-stage, solid-fuel system, or on a liquid-fuel system.  According to IISS, Iran is unlikely to produce an operational IRBM within the next five years.  Iran instead could proceed directly to ICBM production, which could be completed by 2019 at the earliest, according to IISS, but would involve significant technical risk.