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1/21/07

Iran Launches Three Days Of Military Maneuvers

January 21, 2007, RFE/RL -- Iran's state television has reported that the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps today launched three days of military maneuvers, including short-range missile tests.


Missile fired during wargames in November 2006

"In these exercises we will assess the operational capabilities of Zelzal and Fajr 5 missiles," AFP quoted Majid Ayeneh, an artillery commander of the Revolutionary Guards, as saying.

The news agency cited military sources as saying the Fajr 5 has a range of about 75 kilometers, while the Zelzal can travel up to 400 kilometers.

The exercises take place near Garmsar city, in northern Iran on the edge of Kavir desert, some 100 kilometers southeast of Tehran.

UN Sanctions Defied

The military exercises are the first since the UN Security Council imposed sanctions against Iran on December 23, 2006, calling for the suspension of Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said today that UN Security Council resolutions against Tehran would not affect Iran's nuclear policies even if 10 more of them were passed.

Ahmadinejad made the statement in a speech to parliament broadcast live on state television.

The West fears Iran's nuclear program is aimed at making nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge.

(AP/AFP/Reuters)


Copyright (c) 2007 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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