x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Iran test-fires missiles in Strait of Hormuz: report

The report by Fars quoted General Ali Fadavi of the Revolutionary Guard as saying the missiles hit a "big target" the size of a warship.

TEHRAN // A semi-official Iranian news agency said the military has test-fired four missiles during a military drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The report by Fars quoted General Ali Fadavi of the Revolutionary Guard as saying the missiles hit a "big target" the size of a warship and sunk it within 50 seconds.

It was the first report of an Iranian military exercise taking place simultaneously and close to US-led joint naval manoeuvres in the Arabian Gulf, including mine-sweeping drills.

The US Navy claims the manoeuvres are not directly aimed at Iran, but the West and its regional allies have made clear they would react against attempts by Tehran to carry out threats to try to close critical Gulf oil shipping lanes in retaliation for tighter sanctions.