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  1. Zarvan

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    Iran test-fires missiles in Strait of Hormuz exercises - CNN.com
    Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iran test-fired two missiles Monday, the final day of its naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, state-run media reported.
    The Qader missile, a long-range sea-to-shore missile, was fired during the "power" stage of the maneuvers, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. The test was successful, and the missile hit its intended targets, according to the report.
    "A large number of the long-range surface-to-sea Qader missiles have already been delivered to the Iranian Armed Forces," IRNA said.
    A surface-to-surface Nour missile was also successfully tested Monday, according to Iran's Press TV.
    The Nour is an "advanced radar-evading, target-seeking, guided and controlled missile and can easily find its target and destroy it," IRNA reported, quoting 2nd Adm. Seyed Mahmoud Musavi.
    "Iran's navy test-fired a number of medium-range and long-range missiles in the final stage of the naval drills," Press TV said.
    What's Iran's real plan? Report: Iran tests nuclear fuel rod
    A short-range Nasr missile would also be test-fired Monday, IRNA said.
    Iran began the exercises in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman on December 24, IRNA said. Western diplomats have described the maneuvers as further evidence of Iran's volatile behavior.
    Iran also successfully test-fired a medium-range, surface-to-air and radar-evading Mehrab missile on Sunday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. A submarine also successfully fired torpedoes at mock vessels, according to the report.
    Fars added that plans for Monday involve "a new tactic which is designed to prevent any movement in the Strait of Hormuz if the Iranian navy so desires."
    The French Foreign Ministry said Monday the missile tests send a "very bad signal to the international community."
    "We want to underline that the development by Iran of a missile program is a source of great concern to the international community," the ministry said in a written statement. That's why Iran is prohibited from "pursuing any activity on ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear (war)head," per a U.N. Security Council resolution, the statement added.
    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he believes the Iranian exercises and missile tests reflects "the dire straits of Iran in light of the tightening sanctions around her, including the considerations in the last few days regarding the sanctions of exporting petroleum as well as the possibility of sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank."
    Because of their "dire situation," Barak said, Iran is "pulling out the envelope of threats in order to deter the world from continuing the sanctions."
    The naval exercises focused attention on the strait -- a shipping channel leading in and out of the Persian Gulf between Iran on one coast and Oman and the United Arab Emirates on the other. It is strategically important because tankers carrying oil travel through it -- some 15 million barrels daily in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
    Read why Strait of Hormuz is so important
    A large number of the long-range surface-to-sea Ghader missiles have already been delivered to the Iranian Armed Forces
    Islamic Republic News Agency
    Iran last week threatened to close the strait over planned sanctions targeting its oil industry and companies that do business with Iran's Central Bank. The sanctions are intended to force Iran to curtail its nuclear program.
    The Obama administration was quick to say any closure would be unacceptable and vowed to keep the strait open. But Iran's Press TV reported on Saturday the nation has no plans to close the strait.
    The French Foreign Ministry statement emphasized the need for the "freedom of navigation" in the strait.
    On Sunday, Fars reported that Iran had succeeded in building and testing the country's first domestically produced nuclear fuel rod. The rod was successfully tested and installed in the core of a research reactor in Tehran, the news agency said, citing the nation's atomic energy agency website.
    Iran has repeatedly insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian energy purposes only. But it has rebuffed demands to halt its production of enriched uranium, and a November 8 report by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog found "credible" information that Tehran has carried out work toward nuclear weapons -- including tests of possible bomb components.
    In December, the United States as well as several other Western and Asian nations announced increased sanctions against Iran in an international effort to tighten the screws around the suspected nuclear weapons program.
     
  2. Al Bhatti

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    3 Jan 2012

    Iran Has No Long-Range Missiles: Russia

    Iran has no long-range missiles, a Russian defense official said Jan. 3 in Moscow's first response to a series of tests conducted by Tehran near the vital Strait of Hormuz oil supply route.

    "Iran does not have the technology to create intermediate or long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles," defence ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told the Interfax news agency. "And it will not get such missiles any time soon."

    Iran reported testing three missiles close to the strait Jan. 1 amid preparations by western powers to impose more economic sanctions over Tehran's nuclear drive.

    Two of the missiles can fly 120 miles, generally considered short-range weapons, although the Iranian media and a navy spokesman described one of them as "long-range."

    The other, a Nasr anti-ship missile, had a range of 35 kilometers (21 miles).

    Russia has relatively close ties with Iran and built its first nuclear power station in the southern city of Bushehr. Moscow has also delivered the nuclear fuel for the reactor.

    Moscow has echoed western concerns about the nature of the Iranian nuclear program but has stopped short of publicly accusing Tehran of seeking atomic weapons and always said that the standoff should be solved by diplomacy.

    Iran Has No Long-Range Missiles: Russia - Defense News
     
  3. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    Its always good to keep the ACE card hidden , when its needed :P to cut of the snake supply lines for example
     
  4. Pak47

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    Good testing missiles is always good, they should test nukes next.
     
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    Russian retards think they are the only people that can make missile.
     
  6. Banglar Lathial

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    Actually, no matter what statements are made, some people are bound to be upset. If Russia says Iran has ICBM in operation, the West will use it as "evidence" and create more "evidence" (you read that right: they will "create" more "evidence") that Iran is threatening the West and should be immediately bombed and war should be pursued. If Russia says Iran has no such capabilities and so any NATO "missile shield" intended to encircle Russia can not be for Iran but is meant for Russia, then some Iranians and others will be hurt because it may imply that Iran is weak.

    You need to understand that Westerners use media propaganda and war of words as one of their major "weapons" (they have used it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen elsewhere too) and they use it nowadays as well. That's how they keep their "casualties" so low (through media). If real figures are released, their own public will call for withdrawal a lot earlier but their public dont care about Afghan, Iraqi, Somali, Yemeni public. That is another reason why Westerners are not to be trusted by Muslims.
     
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  7. FriendOfPakistan

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    True. But are Muslims to be trusted by Muslims ? I have seen no evidence of that, quite the opposite. Iran has suffered enough from this madness. Every country cares for its own until further notice. Not that it's moral, but when you are faced with 99% immoral governments, being moral is the worst policy.
     
  8. DV RULES

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    you may right be but someone also give up role of Rambo in regional politics and give up its nuclear program which violated rules they signed on. Iranian missile tests in Hormuz strait are potential threat for the peace of region. These irresponsible steps will lead Iran toward suicide act.