Iran has test-fired three new types of missiles as part of a 10-day military exercise. The weapons include land-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles with a firing range of 170 kilometres. The commander of the Revolutionary Guards who are conducting the tests said the rockets bring the whole of the Gulf region, the world’s most important oil shipping route, within firing range.
The military manoeuvres come as major powers meet to try to forge a UN resolution aimed at forcing Tehran to suspend its nuclear enrichment programme. Iran denies Western accusations it is trying to develop nuclear weapons and says its programme is needed for peaceful purposes. Russia, which is building an atomic reactor in southwestern Iran, and China oppose punitive action against Tehran.