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Iran: Missile was Iraqi, not U.S.

Tomahawk missiles are fired from submarines or ships.

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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran believes a missile that landed inside its border last week came from Iraq and not the United States, as first suspected, the country's official IRNA news agency said Sunday.

Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari said examinations indicated that the missile, which landed in the western region of Sardasht, was made by Iraq.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department officials said they had told Iran they were looking into another incident in which three Tomahawk missiles fired by the U.S. might have missed their intended target Friday, and possibly landed in southwestern Iran.

Tomahawk missiles are fired from submarines or ships and have a range of 1,000 miles.

Both incidents took place since "Operation Iraqi Freedom" began.

The two countries are communicating through a Swiss intermediary; a practice established after the U.S. cut diplomatic ties with Iran 24 years ago when Islamic student revolutionaries overthrew the Shah and held 52 Americans hostage.

Anticipating the potential for problems, the Bush administration engaged in secret high-level diplomacy with Iranian officials weeks before the war began.

U.S. officials said the talks paved the way for a policy of "active neutrality" between the United States and Iran -- similar to how the two nations handled the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from power.

This time around, officials said, Tehran granted the U.S. overflight rights for search and rescue missions, although Iran has not publicly acknowledged doing so.

Although Iran is not a member of the "coalition of the willing" -- it also does not support the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.

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