Iran tests missile as US tightens sanctions
02 January 2012, 16:07
Tehran – Iran said Sunday it tested a new medium-range missile
during war games near a vital Gulf oil transit channel, hours after US
President Barack Obama signed a law tightening sanctions against Tehran
over its nuclear programme.
A military spokesman also announced that Iranian ships and submarines
will on Monday carry out manoeuvres designed to allow them to shut the
strategic channel, the Strait of Hormuz, if Tehran so wishes.
The show of military muscle underlined a threat by Iran to shut the
narrow strait — a throughpoint for 20 percent of the world’s oil — if
more Western sanctions were applied over its nuclear programme.
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