Saturday, December 31, 2011

Iran Denies Missile Launch But Ready To Talk

Iran's senior navy commander has denied the country has already test-fired long-range missiles during a drill - but said it would do so in the next few days.

It had been reported that the Islamic Republic had fired the weapons - which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads - on Saturday.

But commander Mahmoud Mousavi rejected these claims, saying "the exercise of launching missiles will be carried out in the coming days".

Iran is currently holding 10 days of large-scale naval war games in the Gulf after threatening to close shipping lanes if the West imposes sanctions on its oil exports.

Senior navy officers reportedly said ground-to-sea, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles would be tested in the Gulf of Oman at the southern end of the Persian Gulf.

Earlier this week, Tehran said it could stop traffic through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if it became the target of an oil export embargo over its controversial nuclear programme. Read More