An Iranian official says the country's navy has successfully
test-fired its latest missiles during military drills in the Persian Gulf, part
of the first major exercise in the area since the January 20 inauguration of
U.S. President Donald Trump.
file photo: Iran's Zafar naval cruise missile
Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on February 27 that naval forces
test-fired the newest versions of the medium-range Nasr missile, according to
the Iranian news agency Mehr.
Tasnim, another Iranian news agency, reported that a laser-guided Dehlaviyeh missile was also successfully tested.
The ranges of the missiles, both made in Iran, are not known.
The missile tests were part of annual drills held near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The two-day exercises began on February 26.
Trump's administration responded to a ballistic-missile test in late January by
saying it was putting Iran "on notice" and imposing new sanctions on Tehran.
Nearly one-third of the world's oil trade by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which has been the scene of previous confrontations between the United States and Iran.
Based on reporting by AFP, Mehr, and Tasnim
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