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Iran Announces Long-Range Missile Test as Strait of Hormuz Oil Standoff Raises Global Tensions

By DPA – “Amid a verbal row with the United States over blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, Iran proclaimed on Friday that it will start testing long range missiles in the Persian Gulf.

‘On Saturday morning the Iranian navy will test several of its long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf,’ navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told Fars news agency.

The testing of the missiles is part of ongoing navy maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and, according to Moussavi, the main and final phase is preparing the navy for confronting the enemy in a warlike situation.

The maneuver has been overshadowed by a verbal row between Iran and the US over an Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, through which 40 per cent of the world’s ship-borne crude is passed.

The spark for the row was a Tuesday remark by Iranian Vice President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi that, ‘if Western countries sanctioned Iranian oil, then Iran would not allow one drop of oil to cross the Strait of Hormuz.'” Read more.

  1. 01/03/2012 at 3:29 PM

    Iran provokes showdown, warns US carrier not to return to Persian Gulf
    DEBKAfile Special Report January 3, 2012, 12:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

    In another heated escalation over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iran Tuesday, Jan. 3, threatened to take action if the US aircraft carrier which “moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill returns to the Persian Gulf.” Army chief Lt. Gen. Ataolla Salehi said:” Iran will not repeat this warning.”
    He referred to the USS Stennis as “the enemy’s carrier,” which “I recommend and emphasize… not return to the Persian Gulf.” He avoided naming the US vessel or the details of action Iran might take if it returned.

    debkafile’s military sources report that the Stennis transited the Strait of Hormus Wednesday, Dec. 28 and entered the Sea of Oman where Iran was staging a naval drill. Washington was demonstrating freedom of navigation in the international strait through which one-fifth of the worlds exported oil is shipped and underlining Iran’s inability to close it to merchant shipping and US warships.

    Iran said that its surveillance aircraft and warships tracked and filmed the US carrier’s movements in and around Hormuz which it claims to fully control….



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