Iran wants U.S. to know it is stronger than Iraq was after 9/11. This shouldn't interest us as a nation right now at the moment. As a superpower we need to distinguish between real threats and people (countries) trying to posture on the world stage as to their toughness. Hopefully as the Bush Admin. leaves and turns over the reigns to an Obama led government, they won't pursue a strategy that will commit the U.S. to trouble for years.
"Our hands are always on the trigger and our missiles are ready for launch," the official IRNA news agency quoted Salami as saying Wednesday.
The tests come less than a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed fears that Israel and the United States could be preparing to attack his country, calling the possibility a "funny joke."
"I assure you that there won't be any war in the future," Ahmadinejad told a news conference Tuesday during a visit to Malaysia for a summit of developing Muslim nations.
Iranian officials have been issuing a mix of conciliatory and bellicose statements in recent weeks about the possibility of a clash with the U.S. and Israel.
A White House spokesman called Wednesday's tests "completely inconsistent with Iran's obligations to the world."
"The Iranian regime only furthers the isolation of the Iranian people from the international community when it engages in this sort of activity," said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the National Security Council.
"They should also refrain from further missile tests if they truly seek to gain the trust of the world," he added, speaking from Japan where U.S. President George W. Bush is attending the Group of Eight summit.