Δευτέρα, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2008

Iran to stage naval maneuver in December

Iran to stage naval maneuver in December
TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Navy Force commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that his country will stage a naval drill in and around the Strait of Hormuz next month, Iran's satellite Press TV reported Sunday. The drill will be carried out to test Iran's defensive power and combat readiness, Sayyari was quoted as saying. Dubbing the forthcoming maneuver as "Unity 87," he said that "every exercise seeks particular objectives, and the 'Unity 87' maneuver will focus on designated objectives." Earlier last week, Sayyari said that "All the movements of the enemy in Oman Sea, Persian Gulf and Hormuz Strait are under control and the enemy will never dare to enter Iran's waters." The United States and Israel have consistently refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear program. The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied the U.S. charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.


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