Saturday 19 April 2014

Iran drill tests anti-ship missiles

A Ghader missile is launched from the area near the Iranian port of Jask port on the shore of the Oman Sea during an Iranian navy drill (AP)

Iran has tested advanced anti-ship missiles in the final day of a naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil supply.

State TV said Ghader, or Capable, a missile with a range of 120 miles, was among the weapons used. It said the weapon can destroy warships.

The report said the navy also used another anti-ship missile dubbed Noor, or Light.

The five-day naval drill is Iran's latest show of strength in the face of mounting pressures over its disputed nuclear programme. The West suspects it may be aimed at producing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.

Iran has threatened to close the strait over Western sanctions, though it has not repeated the threat recently.

Press Association

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