Iran to begin long-range missile tests during naval drill in the Gulf
December 30, 2011
MIDDLE EAST – Iran has said it is set to begin tests of long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf on Saturday. “Shorter and longer-range, ground-to-sea, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles will be tested on Saturday,’ navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told the semi-official Fars news agency. Moussavi said the tests will be the main and final phase in preparing the Iranian navy for confronting the enemy in a war-like situation. They will take place as part of Iranian navy maneuvers currently under way in the Persian Gulf. Iran is planning 10 days of maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. The announcement seems likely to increase tensions as Iran and the United States face off over an Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, a vital oil shipping route. Iran has threatened to close the strait in response to planned Western sanctions on Iranian oil over Tehran’s nuclear program.