Iran will “test several long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf” on Saturday morning, according to the Iranian deputy navy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi. Iranian missiles of the Shabab-3 type are theoretically capable of reaching targets in Israel as well as US bases in the Gulf region and Afghanistan. The missile tests are part of large-scale wargames in the Gulf that started last weekend. Moussavi told the semi-official Fars news agency that the maneuvers, scheduled to last until January 2, will now enter their most important phase. He said the aim was to prepare the Iranian navy for a war-like situation. Fears of a new war in the region have also been fanned by Iran’s recent threat to close off the strategic Strait of Hormuz if Western countries imposed new sanctions on Iranian oil exports. A large proportion of Middle East oil exports is transported through the over 200-kilometer (124-mile) -long strait, which is only 50 kilometers (31 miles) wide at its narrowest point. It connects the Persian Gulf with the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. A closure would have serious consequences for energy supply throughout the world. It would make transport routes longer and energy costs would rise. “The… Read full this story
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