BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have test fired several ballistic missiles, including a long-range projectile capable of hitting US bases across the Persian Gulf, as well as Israel.
Local media are reporting that the missiles successfully hit their targets. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Guards’ aerospace division, said Iran is also testing a variety of other missiles in a bid to assess their accuracy and effectiveness.
War planes are set to join the exercise on July 4th, when they’ll drop bombs on a series of dummy targets. Iran announced the missile exercise on Sunday, right after an EU embargo against Iranian crude oil came into full effect.
U.S. pledges to do utmost to keep Hormuz open
WASHINGTON, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The United States said on Tuesday that it will do whatever is necessary to maintain the openness of the Strait of Hormuz.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the strait "an international waterway" that needs to stay open to vessels of all states having transit passage rights. Full story
IRGC's missile drill aimed at security in Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz: spokesman
TEHRAN, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the ongoing Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s missile drill is aimed at providing security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
Mehmanparast made the remarks in his weekly press briefing. Asked about Iranian lawmakers' bill on closing the Strait of Hormuz, he said that Iran's government will implement the bill if it is turned into the law. Full story
Iranian officials criticize oil sanctions as expert-level nuclear talks held in Istanbul
TEHRAN, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Iranian officials criticized the fresh round of Western sanctions on Iran's oil exports as the expert-level nuclear talks was held in Turkey's Istanbul on Tuesday.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said earlier in the day that Western sanctions against the Islamic republic will negatively affect the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers. Full story
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