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UN nuclear watchdog: Iran hypersonic missile announcement raises concerns

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks at the 66th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, September 26, 2022. (Theresa Wey/AP)
Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks at the 66th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, September 26, 2022. (Theresa Wey/AP)

Iran’s announcement that it has developed a hypersonic missile increases “concerns” about the country’s nuclear program, the head of the UN’s atomic agency tells AFP.

“We see that all these announcements increase the attention, increase the concerns, increase the public attention to the Iranian nuclear program,” Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says on the sidelines of the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards general claimed earlier that the Islamic Republic has developed a hypersonic missile capable of penetrating all defense systems.

Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly more than five times the speed of sound.

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