Special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
Iran replies to six-nation
Iran launches military
An Iranian Saeqeh jet launches rockets
during a war-game in the northwest of Iran September 6, 2006.(Xinhua/AFP
TEHRAN, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Iran said on Wednesday that it will stage "extensive" military maneuvers in the
Gulf waters starting from Thursday with the launch of ballistic missiles,
the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.
Major General Seyed Yahya Rahim Safavi, Commander-in-Chief of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), made the announcement while U.S.-led military maneuvers aimed at blocking smuggling of nuclear weapons material and arms proliferation were being held in the Gulf waters.
The upcoming Iranian war games -- code named "The Great Prophet2" -- are due to be carried out till Nov. 11 in the Gulf waters, the Sea of Oman and 14 provinces of the country, Safavi told a press conference.
The maneuvers would be staged by the IRGC's air, ground and navy forces as well as the Basij militia troops, he said.
The IRGC chief said the war games would start with firing tensof missiles, including Shahab-2s and Shahab-3s with cluster warheads and range of over 1,000 km.
"The foremost goal of the maneuvers is to show Iran's firm determination to defend the country against any possible threats," Safavi said.
In April, Iran launched a large-scale military exercise with the code name of "The Great Prophet," the biggest in years, during which Iran said that it tested advanced weapons including missiles and torpedoes.
On Sunday, the U.S. navy said that vessels from the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Australia and Bahrain began a naval training exercise off the Iranian coast in the Gulf aimed at blocking smuggling of nuclear weapons and arms proliferation.
The maneuvers were being held under the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) proposed by U.S. President George W. Bush in May, 2003. Bahrain's participation marks the first time a Gulf nation joins a PSI exercise.
Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham on Monday urged foreign military forces not to damage Gulf peace, saying durable peace and security would be restored through collective cooperation of all countries of the region.
However, Iran was not bothered about the PSI military maneuvers because the country "is powerful in all fields," the official IRN Anews agency quoted Elham as saying.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept threats. Iran is a
strong and powerful state and will not take maneuvers as a threat," he
Russia: no data indicate Iran's
nuclear program is military
MOSCOW, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Russia has no information
indicating Iran's nuclear program is for military purposes but Tehran should act
quickly to clarify lingering questions about its nuclear work, a top official
said on Tuesday.
Rice urges major powers to speed up sanctions on
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday called foreign ministers of Britain, China,
France and Russia in a bid to speed up sanctions against Iran, Undersecretary of
State Nicholas Burns said.
Iran still unable to make weapons-grade uranium: Russian
MOSCOW, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran cannot produce
weapons-grade uranium in the foreseeable future, Russian Defense Minister Sergei
Ivanov said on Friday.
Iran feeds gas into 2nd cascade of
TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran said on Friday that
it had fed gas into a second cascade of centrifuges at a uranium enrichment
facility, the Iranian Student's News Agency (ISNA) reported.
UN council begins consultations on
possible sanctions against Iran
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security
Council began consultations on Thursday afternoon on a draft resolution, which
intends to impose sanctions on Iran for its unyielding nuclear program.