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Iran to Test Long-Range Missiles amid Verbal Row with US

The Islamic Republic of Iran announces it will start testing long range missiles in the Gulf, amid a row with the United States over Hormuz strait closure.

“On Saturday morning the Iranian navy will test several of its long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf,” navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told Fars news agency.
Moussavi also said the testing of the missiles is part of ongoing navy maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and the main and final phase is preparing the navy for confronting the enemy in a warlike situation.

On Tuesday, Iranian Vice President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi threatened that it would Iran would not allow one drop of oil to cross the Strait of Hormuz, if Western countries sanctioned the Islamic Republic.

Iranian navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari also said that although there was currently no necessity for Iran to close the strait, “it would be as easy as drinking a glass of water.”

For its part, the US Navy said it would not accept any Iranian disruption of the free flow of goods through Hormuz.

Following that, the Revolutionary Guard deputy chief Hussein Salami said that the U.S. was in no position to tell Iran what to do.
Salami also called the U.S. “an iceberg which is to be melted by the high degree of the Iranian revolution,” and “a sparrow in the body of a dinosaur.”

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