Monday, January 2, 2012

Iran to test-fire long range missiles Monday: navy official - 2nd Jan 2012

Iran will test-fire two long range missiles on Monday during the last day of naval exercises in the Gulf, a naval commander said, following its threat to halt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.

"Today we will test-fire Qader and Nour long range missiles during the drill," deputy navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi told state TV.

Iran has been holding the 10-day naval exercise at a time of increased tension with Western powers over its nuclear program, 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. Read More