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ANKARA - Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps has successfully test-fired a naval missile, the semi-official news agency Tasnim said on Thursday, a move likely to heighten concern in Washington, whose warship operate in the waters near Iran.
Tasnim said the missile, called the Hormuz 2, could destroy moving targets at sea at ranges up to 300 km (180 miles). The missile was built in Iran, Tasnim said.
"The naval ballistic missile called Hormuz 2 this week has successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away," said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Force, according to Tasnim.
The missile test is the latest event in a long-running rivalry between Iran and the United States in and around the Strait of Hormuz, which guards the entrance to the Gulf. About 20 percent of the world's oil passes through the waterway, which is less than 40 km wide at its narrowest point.