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Iran prepares for defense testing long-range missiles

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards test-fired dozen of missiles, including the long-range Shahab-3, during the first hours of new military maneuvers, Iranian state-run television said Thursday.

The report said several kinds of short-range missiles were also fired in a central desert area of Iran during the maneuvers, which came two days after U.S.-led warships finished an exercise in the Gulf that Tehran described as "adventurist."

State television showed footage of a dozen types of missiles being fired from mobile launching pads. The TV said the missiles were made by Iranian experts and demonstrated the country's capability to meet its own military needs.

Shahab-3 missiles are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and are believed to have a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles). They can reach Israel and U.S. forces in the Middle East.

Among the other weapons tested during the maneuvers was the Shahab-2, which has a cluster warhead that can send 1,400 bomblets at the same time, state-TV said. Solid-fuel Zalzal missiles also were launched, as were guided missiles such as Scud-B, Zolfaghar-73 and Z-3, it said.

The maneuvers came as the U.N. Security Council considered sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran says is purely geared at civilian use but that the US and other western powers fear could hide research on an atomic bomb.

Iran has said that the U.S.-led six-nation drills this week in the region would not improve security in the Gulf waters, through which about 20 percent of the world's oil passes. It also called on Gulf nations to set up their own regional security arrangements.

The U.S.-led maneuvers focused on surveillance, with warships tracking a ship suspected of carrying components of illegal weapons. The nations that took part were Australia, Bahrain, Britain, France, Italy and the United States, the AP reports.

The comments by Russia's foreign minister and China's U.N. ambassador were the strongest reactions yet to the draft by the two key U.N. Security Council members, and signaled difficult negotiations ahead on the resolution drawn up by Britain, France and Germany.

The setback for the U.N. draft came on a day when Iranian state-run television said the elite Revolutionary Guards had test-fired dozens of missiles, including the long-range Shahab-3, during the first hours of new military maneuvers.
The report said several kinds of short-range missiles were also fired in a central desert area of Iran during the maneuvers, which came two days after U.S.-led warships finished an exercise in the Gulf that Tehran described as “adventurist”, CBS News reports.

Source: agencies

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