Iran test fires 2 long-range missiles
January 2, 2012 12:00
Successful firing of Qader and Nour missiles during war game shows Iran could hit Israel and US bases in the region.
Iranian warship launches a missile 311 (R).
(photo credit:REUTERS/IRIB via Reuters TV)
Iran test fired two long-range missiles during a naval exercise in the Gulf, state TV's website quoted a senior navy commander saying on Monday. Iran said that it is was using the test display its resolve to counter any attack by enemies such as Israel or the United States.The European Union is considering a ban - already in place by the United States - on imports of Iranian crude.
The announcement came amid rising tension over Iran's disputed nuclear
program which Western powers believe is working on developing atomic
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denies the accusation and last week said it would stop the flow of oil
through the Strait of Hormuz if the West carried out threats to impose
sanctions on its oil exports.
"We have test fired a long-range
shore-to-sea missile called Qader (capable), which managed to
successfully destroy predetermined targets in the Gulf," deputy Navy
Commander Mahmoud Mousavi told the official news agency IRNA. Later Monday, Mousavi added that "our Nour
surface-to-surface long range missile was also successfully launched."
Mousavi said observers from the country's closest Arab ally, Syria, would attend the last day of its 10-day naval exercise.
The US Fifth Fleet reacted to Iran's threat to stop oil flows, saying it will not allow any disruption of traffic in the Gulf.
The United States and Israel have not ruled out military action against
Iran if diplomacy fails to resolve the Islamic state's nuclear row with
Iran said it had no intention to close the Strait of Hormuz.
"No order has been given for the closure of the Strait of Hormuz. But we
are prepared for various scenarios," state television quoted navy chief
Habibollah Sayyari as saying.
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