Iran Tests Fires Sea launched Cruise Missiles As Part Of Drills

28 February, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Essie Rivera

Iran has successfully test-fired its newest marine cruise missile in ongoing naval exercises in southern waters of the Persian Gulf, Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said on Monday.

The home-made laser-guided missile was tested on the second day of the drills, Tasnim news agency reported.

He did not unveil any details about the missile.

The final stage of naval drills codenamed "Velayat 95" started by Iranian navy forces in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and North of the Indian Ocean on Sunday.

The drills will include navy ships, submarines and helicopters, as they would showcase their skills along Iran's southeastern coast. Tensions with the United States rose after Iran fired a ballistic missile on 29 January, following which the USA put Tehran on notice and vowed to get tough with the country. It has successfully hit the target, Dehghan said.

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General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, said Iran has the right to test missiles - and has no interest in starting a war with any nation, including Israel. The location of the current naval drills is internationally vital, as millions of barrels of oil are transported through the Bab el-Mandab and the Strait of Hormuz to Europe and the US every day.

"We don't respond well to coercion".

The first major military exercise since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, it will continue until Wednesday.

JCPOA is the nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany.

However, the apparent threats and warnings from top Iranian defense officials do not seem to leave an impression on Washington.

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