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Iran military tests raise tension in Persian Gulf

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Iran military tests raise tension in Persian Gulf


Iran’s senior navy commander is denying media reports that the country test-fired long-range missiles during a drill in Saturday in the Persian Gulf.

Mahmoud Mousavi told Iran’s English language Press TV that the missiles will be launched in the coming days.

Earlier the semi-official Fars news agency had reported that the weapons had already been launched.

The military activity is being closely observed by Washington.

Iran says it will respond to any attack by targeting Israel and US interests in the region, as well as closing the Straits of Hormuz, thus cutting off the flow of oil in the gulf.

The West is worried that Iran is close to developing nuclear weapons, which its denied. It is being reported that Tehran is soon to send a letter to the EU expressing its readiness for fresh talks on the issue.

Four rounds of UN sanctions have been imposed on Iran since 2006 over Iran’s nuclear programme.

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