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Iran Test-Fires Second Long-Range Missile In Persian Gulf


Iran has successfully test-fired its second long-range missile during the naval exercises in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian state television reported on Monday.

“Today our Nour (Light) surface-to-surface long-range missile was also successfully launched,” Deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted as saying.

Earlier on Monday, Iran test-fired a long-range coast-to-sea missile called Qader (Mighty), which successfully destroyed predetermined targets in the Persian Gulf, the official IRNA news agency quoted Mousavi as saying.

The test was conducted during navy war games, which are taking place near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

On Sunday, the Iranian military successfully conducted a medium-range surface-to-air missile test, IRNA reported.

“This medium-range surface-to-air missile is equipped with the latest technology to combat radar-evading targets and intelligent systems which try to disrupt missile navigation,” IRNA quoted Mousavi as saying.

Iran has been holding naval exercises in the area since December 24. The exercises are to continue for 10 days.

The West, led by the United States, suspects Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program, but the Islamic Republic insists it needs nuclear power only for civilian purposes. Iran is already the subject of a wide range of international sanctions.

On December 1 foreign ministers of the European Union blacklisted an additional 179 Iranian officials and institutions linked to the government over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

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