Iran test-fires 3 new missiles in Gulf
TEHRAN, Iran -
Iran test-fired three new sea missiles in the Persian Gulf Friday, indicating that the maneuvers should send a clear message to the U.S. not to conduct any more military exercises in the area.
Iranian state television broadcast footage of the Revolutionary Guards firing naval-warfare missiles with a range of about 106 miles. It was the second day in a row that Iran had announced the development and testing of missiles in the maneuvers.
The tests and exercises came only days after the U.S. conducted naval maneuvers in the Gulf, and as
U.N. Security Council members wrangle over what steps to take against Iran for ignoring its call to cease uranium enrichment â a key step in making nuclear bombs.
"Our enemies should keep their hostility out of the Persian Gulf," said Adm. Sardar Fadavi, the deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guards navy.
"They should not initiate any move that would make the region tense," Fadavi said in a clear reference to the United States. The admiral was speaking to state radio about the U.S.-led maneuvers, which ended Monday. Tehran called the exercises "adventurist."
Fadavi said the missiles tested Friday demonstrated Iran's naval capabilities, and had been "improved by our domestic technology" â implying they were based on weapons Iran had acquired.
Iran is widely believed to have bought missile technology from
North Korea. Its ballistic missile, the Shahab-3, is thought to be based on North Korea's Nodong missile and it was one of dozens of rockets fired Thursday.