Iran to hold naval exercises in Gulf

Nov 30, -0001
TEHRAN: Iran's navy will on Wednesday start eight days of war games in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman, state television said, less than two weeks after the country's Revolutionary Guards held manoeuvres in the Gulf.

Habibollah Sayari, commander of the the Islamic Republic's navy, said the exercises would "display the Iranian navy's defence capability", Al Alam television, Iran's Arabic-language satellite television, reported on Tuesday.

The exercises coincide with rising tension between Iran and the West, which says Tehran's nuclear work is aimed at making bombs. Iran denies this.

Last month, the Pentagon said U.S. military action against Iran remained an option even as Washington pursues diplomacy and sanctions to halt the country's atomic activities. AGENCIES




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