Iran says it has successfully test fired a long-range missile during its naval exercise in the Gulf, the official IRNA news agency reported.
“We have test fired a long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (capable), which managed to successfully destroy predetermined targets in the Gulf,” the agency quoted deputy navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi as saying.
The move follows Iran’s threat to halt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.
“Today we will test-fire Qader and Nour long range missiles during the drill,” Mousavi told state TV earlier today.
Iran has been holding the 10-day naval exercise at a time of increased tension with Western powers over its nuclear programme, and Mousavi said on Sunday it had successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile.
Tehran threatened last week to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of an oil embargo over its nuclear ambitions. The European Union has said it is considering a ban – already in place in the United States – on imports of Iranian crude.
The US Fifth Fleet said it will not allow any disruption of traffic in the vital oil shipping route.
They must be blessed with a whole heap of stupid. The US has wound down its Iraq deployment, Afghanistan is winding down too…they have plenty of battle hardened veterans, heaps of munitions and a stroppy anti-West country that wants nukes flexing it’s muscles.
Iran says they will close the Straits of Hormuz, I say a flight of B-52s, some B2s, a couple of carrier groups and the US Marines will make sure that won’t be happening.