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Iran test-fires more missiles as the world looks on

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Iran test-fires more missiles as the world looks on


Iran has test-fired more missiles in the Gulf, on the third day of wargames that are set to stoke tensions with the West even further.

It comes 24 hours after Tehran test-launched its “Shahab-3” longer range missile, whose reach includes Israel and US bases in the Middle East.

Officials in Tehran say the latest tests also included the firing of the “Hout” Torpedo, unveiled in 2006 and described as a super-fast weapon capable of targeting enemy submarines.

Warships from the naval section of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were also involved.

Washington has pledged to defend its allies and has urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to halt further tests if he wants to regain the trust of the international community.

Analysts believe Tehran’s military posturing may be a response to recent Israeli manoeuvres and rhetoric about a possible attack on Iran.

It also began on the day US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed a missile shield deal with the Czech Republic, aimed, so Washington says, at preventing attacks from what it calls rogue states, including Iran.

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